02 Jun 10 - 11 Jun 10
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Trolley Gallery is pleased to announce its forthcoming summer group show. Entitled ‘ManiFesten’, over a six day period, the artists selected will respond to the theme of food and eating in the gallery, with a program of performance in the garden of nearby St Leonard's Garden, Shoreditch Church. The theme of food, eating and public performance responds to the desire for an unusual approach to the group and summer show format. ManiFesten explores the roles that artists have played both artistically and socially in food and dining, from Rothko’s commission for the Seagram Restaurant, New York to the Futurist Cookbook by Marinetti and the YBAs patronage of St John’s restaurant in London. In this respect the artists selected incorporate these ideas into their own practice, and here work together to create the show’s format.
St Leonard’s Garden, Shoreditch Church, performance every night at 7pm
JUNE 2 Awst & Walther - Out Of Line. A durational performance that has as its components time, the audience, spoken word and a ball of string.
JUNE 3 - First Thursdays littlewhitehead - A ticket for a ticket. An irreverent examination of where a performace begins and ends.
JUNE 4 Tessa Lynch - Revolving doors relaxed. A water pouring and smoke blowing performance, homage to Francis Picabia’s 1924 ballet Relâche.
JUNE 9 Ian Giles - Listen With Your Eyes - We’ll Show You With Our Bodies. A dance lecture exploring how words look when performed by the body.
JUNE 10 Eloise Fornieles and Kate Hawkins - Score of Promises. Eloise & Kate will become instruments of rhetoric: they will play each other.
JUNE 11 Edward Fornieles - The Joy of Bullying. Please come and help me experiment bullying, together we are strong and the weak even weaker.
Photos by Nickii Divine and Suzie Blake
Trolley Gallery will be transformed into an interactive installation by artist and set designer Robert Storey. Each night 12 members of the public will dine in a site-specific sculptural construction, incorporating the traditional role of chairs around a central dining table, but playing with ideas of scale and the role of encounter and the unexpected. Storey’s work utilizes found materials such as reclaimed wood and household objects such as ladders, to create surreal constructions that can subvert the original, intended or expected use. His work is inspired by artists such as Christoph Büchel, who engages with the viewer by inviting them to partake in an unexpected encounter with the work. Storey creates sets and elaborate and imaginative costumes; for ManiFesten he will create 12 individual chairs that will lift the sitter towards the roof of the gallery, before lowering the ceiling to reveal the table around them as they sit.
Each evening will commence at 7pm with a performance in the grounds of St Leonard's Garden, behind nearby Shoreditch Church, which will be open to the public. The programme has been curated by artist Ian Giles, and will include performances by an exciting selection of up and coming artists in this field: Awst and Walther, littlewhitehead, Tessa Lynch, Edward Fornieles, Eloise Fornieles and Kate Hawkins, as well as Giles himself.
The concept of the menu has been created by artist Caroline Hobkinson, who runs gastronomic art tours of the area surrounding the gallery’s location in Shoreditch. Hobkinson has recently created art food concepts for, among others, the Barbican. For ManiFesten she has explored the idea of the Land of Cockaigne, the legendary country of bountiful food and drink described in medieval tales and depicted in the work of Flemish artist Peter Breugel. With the focus on a feast, both visually and gastronomically, the artist has created a three course menu, that will be presented in relation to the theme of unexpected fantasy and inverted proportion of Storey’s sculpture. It will be formulated from the best and most delicious ingredients for, as it is in Cockaigne, the food is plentiful, the ‘skies rain with cheeses’ and ‘cooked fish jump out of the water and land at one’s feet’. As the ceiling is revealed, 12 freshly baked bread rolls will be suspended in mid air in front of the diners mouths, interspersed with cured sausages, followed by a whole oven-baked halibut stuffed with little tiny fish and vegetables, followed by a giant magic porridge pot, in the form of creme brulee.
Guests will take home a limited edition napkin by Hobkinson, as well editions by artists represented by Trolley, Boo Saville and Henry Hudson.
Meanwhile Rachael Haines will create her gaffer tape installation 'Tudor' in the rest of the gallery, that guests will walk through, incorporating the entire space into the event.
The intention of ManiFesten is to engage guests with an original experience involving artists and food re-located to the gallery environment, and public performance in a readymade location. ManiFesten is itself an edition of 6 nights, with tickets only available in advance direct from the gallery. The total for each ticket is £69 and includes all food, wine and a limited edition artist napkin.