Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cyberfeast: Exhibition Two !

Cyberfeasts shown at the WSU Gallery 2 was well received. I often heard positive and interesting comments from students and teachers.
Thanks to all of you who have made this exhibition a success.

Io Palmer

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Art Opening First Photos!

Thanks to Karmela Berg, a really nice artist we met at the conference - for sending us these photos - a few at the bottom are what was posted on Fine Arts Center Facebook page.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

CyberFeast 2011: Artist Napkins in Gallery

CyberFeast 2011

A collaborative art project organized by
Serve & Project: Lisa Link & Io Palmer
Created by Io Palmer and Lisa Link, Serve & Project is a public art initiative that explores the cultural, political, and economic issues surrounding the production and consumption of food.

Artist Napkins in the Gallery

01. Serse Luigetti
Perugia, Italia

02. Ashley Anderson
Atlanta, GA

03. Danielle Giudici Wallis
Alameda, CA

04. Mary Walker West Kelowna B.C. Canada

05. Alanna Richardson
Norwich, Norfolk England

06. Janet Braun-Reinitz
Brooklyn, NY

07. Pat Davis
Pembroke, NH

08. Jaromir Svozilik OSLO,

09. Cynthia Milionis
San Francisco, CA

10. Rochelle Shicoff
Brooklyn, NY

11. Simon Warren

12. Mary Ann Castle
Bronx, NY

13. V. Rollins/Brittany Houk
Jenks, OK

14. Leo Morrissey
Winston-Salem, NC

15. Ann Mansolino
Whittier, CA

16. Chris Griffin
New York, NY

17. René Rodriguéz
Portland, OR

18. Io Palmer
Pullman, WA

19. Kevin Haas

20. Reza Safavi

Wendy DesChene’s Advanced Drawing Class

21. Bailey Parkerson

22. Madeline Sweeney

23. Ashley Stevens

24. Candice McCollough

25. Erin Edwards

26. Lindsey Wilson

27. Pleas Tolbert

28. Jessica Leonard

29. Cory Anchors

30. Tina McConnell

31. Terrica Payton

32. Rebecca Campomanes

33. Meghan Stewart

34. Kara Ffield

35. Cary Walker

36. Justin Foster

37. Krisanne Baker
Waldoboro, ME

38. Darrell U. Black
Frankfurt, Germany

39. Kim Rae Taylor
Cincinnati, OH

40. Ryosuke Cohen
Osaka, Japan

41. Melissa Eder
New York, NY

42. Claudia Sbrissa
Brooklyn, NY

43. Mae Aguinaldo
Makati City, Philippines

44. Gene Grabiner
Buffalo, NY

45. Ursula Kelly
London. UK

46. Jeni Wightman
Brooklyn, NY

47. Yoko Sekino-Bove for Elias Lyons and Peter Olson
Washington, PA

48. Mary K Weeks
Albany, NY

49. Brett Lysne
Pullman, WA

50. Aine Scannell

51. Jared Wittenmyer
Burlington, IA

52. Dickie Webb
Edinburgh UK

53. Wendy Deschene
Waverly, AL

54. Jonell Jaime Pulliam
Charleston, SC

55. Erik Benjamins
Boston, MA

56. Courtney Lee Weida
Bronx, NY

57. Calcagno Cullen
San Francisco, CA

58. Daniel de Culla
Burges, Spain

59. Cheryle Melander
Minneapolis, MN

Cyber Dinner Parties, Blog Contributors, & Artist-to-Artist Skype Sessions

Bill Fisher, Calcagno Cullen, Cori, Courtney Lee Weida; Dan and Laurie Crooke hosted a tasting, attendees included Margaret Root and Jeremy Thibodeaux; Erik Benjamins, Jonelle Jaime Pulliam hosted Four Simple Ingredients: A Happening with Amy Reed, Germaine Jenkins, Andre Barbosa, Donna Hurt, Lynne Riding, Kimberly McHenry Williams, Kim's mom, Anika Hall and Egyptt; Hui Ling Lee created Strange Food; Joyce Nadolny Shui and Ray Nadolny hosted a Cyberfeast Chinese New Years dinner with many attendees including Todd Remus and Michelle Borlaug; Keith Hershberger, Lisa Link hosted a dinner with Irene and Rus Yukhananov, Jeremiah, Jill Eskenazi, Olivia, Sarah, and Trevor; Maya Escobar and Sandi Gutstein hosted a dinner with Stacie, Manny, Celia, B, Jackie, Crystal, and Gonzalo; Maureen McManus, Monique Cuvelier, Patrick Holbrook hosted a dinner with attendees Zak Arctander, Alex Chitty, Geoffrey Hamerlinck, Rachel James, Zach Lewis, Andrew Neher, Valerie Snobeck, Priscilla Briggs hosted a dinner, attendees included Cheryl Casteen, Christopher Weber, Cheryl Melander, Sarah Pedersen Byrnes, John Byrnes, Michael Touhey, Sarah Wieben, Io Palmer hosted a dinner with Reza Safavi and Kevin Haas.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Napkin Documentation in-Progress

Here are some of the napkins as they are arriving in Washington and being documented - enjoy - more photos will be added - not everyone's work is photographed yet and we have to add the captions so these images aren't labeled yet.

Also, congratulations to Io on her opening this weekend at the Baltimore Clayworks !

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

on their way

Oh, man, I am late with this submission, but six dinner napkins are on their way to Io. The pieces became a mini-series titled Dinner Napkin Dowry. Images of larger works were transposed to the center of vintage linens; text originated from traditional Spanish proverbs. It was a wild ride working through this process.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bacon Butty Napkin (digital print on cotton, 16” by 16”, edition of four)

Really enjoyed participating with this brief. Napkins:- what an interesting medium to exhibit! Bacon Butty Napkin is a playfully informative napkin celebrating the British love for bacon sandwiches and Heinz tomato ketchup. Underlying the aesthetic of this napkin’s content are the concerns and issues regarding the ethics of meat production and social naivety as to the origins of our food stuffs. This is by no means a piece of vegetarianism, but rather an observation that whilst we should enjoy our food, we should also think respectfully and responsibly about our food sources.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

My 'Kain' dinner napkin series

(woven cotton cloth from Abra, Philippines)

"Kain" means food in Filipino, my native language. We often say "kain!" to invite a visitor, or anybody really, to join us in eating.

My contribution to Lisa and Io's project is a set of four dinner napkins. Using native woven cotton cloth from Abra, Philippines, each napkin bears a photo of a famous Philippine street food and the word "Kain!".

The napkins have been shipped, and hopefully already in Io's PO box. Can't wait to see the entire exhibition. ;)

(photos of famous Philippine street food, to be printed on the napkins)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

more napkins, my napkins...

I've enjoyed seeing what others are posting, and thus thought I'd share what I've made for the show too. My napkins are fictional records of the the social/emotional/psychological aspects of food and meals.

This one is the relationship tension dinner napkin, addressing meals and food as both context and metaphor for interpersonal relationships.

Then, there's this more psychological exploration of someone's relationship to food: the napkin that keeps all of the parts of the meal separate, because everything will be okay only if nothing touches.

All of the ingredients are in separate, sealed packets, and the text says things like "if nothing is touching, it will all be okay, I will be okay..." It's fiction, yes! I'm not really like this. I promise.

This one ended up being a bit bigger than it should've been -- sorry Lisa and Io! -- if you need to fold it when you hang it up to make it fit the 10" limit for the exhibition, go ahead.

Anyway... really fun to work on. Thanks for creating a project that allowed us to explore materials and contexts for our work that we may not have otherwise... and for providing this means of seeing what others are creating too!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Napkin is in the mail! I was thinking about being a kid in the 70’s… my parents were divorced and we used to have dinner with my Dad every Wednesday night. We’d usually head to McDonald’s, which at the time, seemed like a special treat. So, for my submission I wanted to use a disposable paper napkin, preferably with some sort of fast food logo on it. I went to the usual suspects to collect materials: McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC. None of the places I visited had napkins readily available. I approached the counter and made up an excuse about spilling something and just needing a few for cleaning up. The folks at the counter doled the napkins out sparingly. They no longer had embossed logos or anything signifying their restaurant of origin. I was somehow surprised to discover these odd facts, but figured it all boils down to economics… at least they were saving paper? And then I started thinking more about economics, fast food and obesity and feeling a little sick to my stomach. I reflected on the last time I had been at McDonald's. It was with my kids... they call it Barf Donalds. Maybe there is hope?

Monday, February 21, 2011

workin' it

Thank you, Io and Lisa, for the chance to participate in the Dinner Napkin Project. It has sent me on a research journey about the history of napkins; fascinating stuff! Back to the table I go during another bout of snow. Bon appetit! -MaryK

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Project Overview

I CyberFeast Napkins: 2010-12
Participants are mailing napkins with imagery that documents a meal or other interpretation of food from different perspectives: cultural, personal, political. Napkins were shown at the Hampden Gallery, March/April 2011 in conjunction with the Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: The Interconnected World organized by TransCultural Exchange. Map below includes links to participants and examples of their work.

In May 2012, Cyberfeast will travel to the Park National Bank Art Gallery and be shown as part of the Kitchen Gallery Exhibit. Thank you to professor Kim Taylor for inviting the project to the gallery.

View CyberFeasts in a larger map

webcams Web cams represent the Skype artist-to-artist sessions summer/fall 2010 - also sent napkins.
mailed napkins Envelopes represent the napkin drawings mailed to us 2010/2011.
cyberfeasts Utensils represent the Cyberfeast Night
blog contributions Push pin represents blog post contributors.

webcamsII Skype Artist-to-Artist Sessions
First Skype meeting with artist, shown below Io and Lisa meet with Jonell Jaime Pulliam, August 2010. Meetings with other artists followed.

cyberfeasts III CyberFeast Night - Project Begins!
2/27/2010 5:30 PST, 6:30 MST, 7:30 CST, and 8:30 EST, series of dinner parties and conversations across time zones in the USA.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Our Call for the Show in Amherst, MA this Spring

Serve and Project ( S&P), an interdisciplinary collaborative public arts project seeks dinner napkins from creative thinkers around the world. 

Artists from around the world are invited to submit a napkin or series of napkins that creatively documents a meal. While food references sustenance it also represents social and political issues. We are seeking people to submit cloth or paper napkins that in some way represent your connection to food and culture. Napkins can be drawn on, embroidered on, folder, torn or otherwise made.

Sizes: Napkins can be any traditional or non-traditional shape as long as it fits within a 10” x 10” (25.4cm x 25.4cm) area and fit within a standard paper envelope for shipping. Pieces must be able to hang on the wall with a small pin. 

Free: We provide envelopes for return mailing. 

Deadline: Work must arrive at Io's office by February 28, 2011
attn: Prof. Io Palmer
Fine Arts - Office 5072,
PO Box 647450,
Washington State University,
Pullman WA 99164-7450,

Display of work: As part of Trans Cultural Exchange, Here There and Everywhere, International Conference taking place in April, 2011 in Boston, Mass. USA, this work will be exhibited at the Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. Napkins are part of a larger project titled Cyber Feast. 

For further information on Serve&Project please visit: 

Created by Io Palmer and Lisa Link, Serve & Project is a public art initiative that explores the cultural, political, and economic issues surrounding the production and consumption of food.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Frozen Food

Dennis Oppenheim sculpture "Black" outside our cafeteria. Photo by my co-worker, Peter Tattlebaum. It has been snowing a lot in Boston....

Coincidentally, my other co-worker, Martha Scanlon also photographed "Black" and shared it with me - like how her phone made it like it was an underwater tea-party.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Digging the Change

I have never been so dirty on the New Year.

In honor of the birth of 2011, one of my closest friends and I embarked on a major project - redesigning my existing garden. The goal is to use my space more effectively so that I can grow more food, use less water, and preserve soil. My target for the year is grow at least 50% of my family's vegetables. 

To be honest, however its not just about us. In our time of food insecurity and increased financial hardship, I hope to encourage others to champion creativity, community effort, and self reliance. This little plot of earth can be a place for creativity and collaboration. In CyberFeast, we've seen how food can bring people together with a creative end. Can you imagine the change and creative power that can come from a living, evolving, and sustaining environment?

I'm digging that change.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thank you for this invite. I am excited about Cyber Feast and sent off my napkin Friday. The Omnivore's Dilema is so inspiring. Gave me hope. Currently I am using illegal seed..Oh MY!!!!! Makes me feel daring. Our garden supplies us with so much that we need not question. My daughter has horses, do I need to say more, and I still recall how to hand pick potato bugs as I did in childhood.
I am returning to my quilling now. Getting ready for a wearable show next year. Building a dress.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

Wishing everyone a great start to 2011! We started with pure sugar & lots of fries! As far as food goes, broke any kind of healthy New Year's resolution so it made it more fun to re-do the resolution today. This year want to pay more attention to locally grown food and try to get to the urban farmer's markets when they are in season. The Omnivore's Dilemma is a source of inspiration - super book if you have a chance. Grateful to be able to celebrate with friends and family and hope your year is one where dreams come true!

Lisa Link, Boston, MA