Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Harvest of Research and Image Serendipity

As we think about our own work, coming across images randomly is a joy and a thought twister. This season's harvest:

Dimitri Tsykalov's violent meat in Commando

Offset by Feature Shoot's Food Photography ranging from tasteless to tasteful:

Henry Hargreaves

Jonathon Kambouris

Caren Alpert

Martin Klimas

Sung Yeonju

Stella Exhibition - Chicago Photography Center

Stella Exhibition October 15-16, 2011

Saturday, October 15th photographers Aimee Beaubien and Margaret Wright will be in-residence with the Stella Art Cart giving art advice from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Group exhibition by members of the Stella Collective including Aimee Beaubien, Suzette Bross, Patty Carroll, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Christine Di Thomas, Mary Farmilant, Alice Hargrave, Jean Sousa, and Margaret Wright.

Ponder Food As Love (#1 Figheart)

Ponder Food As Love (#2 Plum)

Ponder Food As Love (#4 Cantaloupe)

We Celebrate Chicago Artists Month


Stella, a collective of Chicago photographers, will be in residence on the evening of Friday, October 14th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 15th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Concurrently an exhibition of their work will be on view, and members of the group will be dispensing free art advice to aspiring photographers. A Friday evening panel discussion entitled Artful Networks will launch the weekend events.

Artful Networks / So You Want to be a Fine Art Photographer

Friday, October 14, 2011

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. (as part of our fall lecture series)

Advice is only good if someone listens. Members of Stella, a Chicago photography collective, will discuss issues, from the practical to the whimsical, related to being a photographer. They will touch on alternative ways to get your work out, the business of being an artist, the energy of a group, and opportunities provided by chance and good fortune. Panelists include Aimee Beaubien, Suzette Bross, Patty Carroll, Barbara Ciurej, and Mary Farmilant.

Stella Exhibition

October 15-16, 2011

Saturday, October 15th photographers Aimee Beaubien and Margaret Wright will be in-residence with the Stella Art Cart giving art advice from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Group exhibition by members of the Stella Collective including Aimee Beaubien, Suzette Bross, Patty Carroll, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Christine Di Thomas, Mary Farmilant, Alice Hargrave, Jean Sousa, and Margaret Wright.

Please note: The Art Cart will be at CPC during the day on Saturday, but not Sunday.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ponder Sweets

We have finished printing Ponder Food As Love portfolio and are currently pondering sweet food.

some kind of love, June 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Forgive Them for They Know Not What They Do

Blinded and Ridiculous, from the series, Ponder Food as Love

The transition from all-embracing life-giver at birthing to irrelevant, hovering thwarter of teenager freedom is startling....and the nurturer is always the last to know.

A General Confession *

ALMIGHTY and most merciful Child,

I have erred and strayed from your ways like a lost sheep,

I have followed too much the devices and desires of my own heart and brain,

I have offended against your sacred laws,

I have left undone those things which I ought to have done,

And I have done those things which I ought not to have done,

And there is no health in me, hope for me or cleanliness in me:

But you, O child, have mercy upon me, a miserable offender;

Spare me, O child, who confess my faults,

Restore me cuz I'm penitent,

According to your personal philosophy of "...it's all good."

And grant, O most merciful child,

That I may hereafter live a never-nagging life,

To the glory of your holy existence. Amen.

* taken, with alterations, from the Anglican Liturgy and DJL

Sunday, February 13, 2011

President's Day - Nourishing Kennedy's Astronauts

Spare no Expense: Nourishing the Astronauts

The average shuttle meal is chosen six months in advance, specially packaged, weighs 3.4 pounds, is carefully tested for bacteria and microbes, and costs about $300. Currently, Boeing industries process and prepare the shuttle foods. With an average shuttle mission lasting seven days, a minimum of 147 meals must be chosen, tested and packaged for each flight.

Waste is a familiar problem to Quartermasters who have operated field ration break points. Dr. Bourland noted that "astronauts always choose more food than they can eat." The result is hundreds of food items returned from every flight. Most astronauts are too busy to eat and just do not get hungry. Senator Garn agreed, noting that if he flew on the shuttle again he would choose fewer items. The 90-day menu alone consists of over 14,000 separate items.

Presidents' Day - An Army Marches on it's Stomach

"une armée marche à son estomac" -- Napoleon Bonaparte, 1795

Burger King, Baghdad

Burger King, Baghdad

George Washington, b. 2/22/1732 Nourishing the Continental Army

The Continental Congress of 1775 attempted to standardize rations and the way units prepared them. The basic ration included 1 pound (lb.) of beef, or 3/4 lb. of pork, or 1 lb. of salt fish; 1 lb. of bread or flour; 1 pint (pt.) of milk, or payment of 1/72 dollars, and 1 quart of cider or spruce beer; 3 pts. of peas or beans per man per week. [Soldiers were required to cook their own meals, no private contractors.]

Nourishing our troops in Afganistan and Iraq

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has given the green light to bring fast food and other concessions back to Afghanistan. “These quality-of-life programs remain important to soldiers for stress relief and therefore enhancing military readiness,” Gen. David Petraeus wrote in an Oct. 4, 2010 order.

Prior to February 2010, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service operated 141 eateries and shops in Afghanistan. After the May closures, 84 remained. Among the 57 closed were Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Popeyes restaurants, as well as new-car sales offices, jewelry, perfume and souvenir shops.

As a civilian, I don't know if I am as comforted by this comfort food for our troops.....

Celebrate World Cabbage Day - 17 February

from Ponder Food as Love, 2011

There is historical and botanical evidence that cabbage has been cultivated for more than 4,000 years and domesticated for over 2,500 years. Although they look very different, cabbage, kale, broccoli, kohlrabi, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are all the same species of plant.

With it's ancient and distinguished heritage, Cabbage may be viewed as a symbol of the natural order of life. Its authority can be seen in the fairy tale of Little Otik, where those who wreck havoc by thwarting mother nature are punished by the crone who patiently nurtures her cabbage patch.

This fairy tale is realized in film by the brilliant animator Jan Svankmayer.

"As we know, folktales are old myths retold. What myth is hidden in the tale of Little Otik? A childless couple rebels against fate and creates, from nature, a child. They literally extract the secret of creation. For this rebellion against the natural order they suffer a bitter punishment, directed not only against themselves, but against those around them. As we can see, we have touched on one of the basic myths of this civilization: the myth of Adam and Eve, or, if you wish, a myth analogous to that of Faust. I think that now, after the mapping of the human genome, such myths are becoming increasingly relevant."
J. Svankmeyer

Jean Dunning has Mold Covered on February l8

Jean Dunning has been working with vegetables throughout her career, her most recent images inspire us.

Jean Dunning, Still Life with Grapes, 2010

Jean Dunning, Still Life with Green Apples, 2010

Jean Dunning, Marble Cake with Creme Fraise, 2010

"These [new] images serve as a far more extreme reminder of our own mortality than even the traditional still life. More time has passed, the decomposition is more advanced, and it has taken on a life of its own."

Donald Young Gallery

Reception for the artist, Friday, February 18, 2011

5:00 to 7:00 PM

Ponder Food as Love - Inevitable Sweets

Thinking about the inclusion of candy, cake, and sweets in our photographs, we are inspired by Amy Stevens' recent extravagances....and grateful for her vision.

Thinking about the inclusion of candy, cake, and sweets in our photographs, we are inspired by Amy Stevens' recent extravagances....

Valentine's Day - Historical Love Notes

from Ponder Food as Love, 2010
Regarding St. Valentine

269, 270, or 273 AD Various dates are given for the martyrdoms of men named Valentine whose acts are known only to God.

496 AD The feast of St. Valentine was first established in by Pope Gelasius I

before 1400 AD Geoffrey Chaucer and his circle associate the feast day of February 14 with romantic love.

Titian, Adam and Eve, ca 1550

Regarding the Fig

528 BCE Siddhartha Gautama, Lord Buddah, attained enlightenment while sitting under the bodhi tree/Ficus religious.

758-728 BCE Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome,were suckled by a she-wolf beneath a fig tree.

100,000 BCE Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and "the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons" Genesis 3:7

1557 AD Fig leaves were instituted by the bull of Pope Paul IV to reduce the amount of nudity in the Vatican art collection.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Update - New Three Sisters

Compare and contrast....we have replaced Sister Squash. Although this tryptic doesn't match most of Ponder Food as Love, so much time in New Mexico during our formative years makes us sentimental and gives us an opportunity to think about and play with color...

New Three Sisters

Original Three Sisters

Progress Report - Words and Images

refining the Artist Statement and making new images....

Ponder Food As Love (the new working title)

We have stood at the kitchen sink and performed the delicate and demanding task of nourishing our families for the last 20 years. Every day that we have engaged in these rituals, we felt the intense immersion, the consuming compulsion and the exquisite pleasures of offering nourishment. Our flesh is a terrain of give-and-take, where emotional and physical necessities meet. The line between serving and self dissolve as duties of mother, housekeeper, homemaker have transformed us into platter, altar, banquet and booty.

We offer you this intimate fare; our exploration of the convoluted act of nurture where need, ritual, offering, celebration, promise and debt all share the table.

In developing this body of work, Ciurej and Lochman were inspired by the words of John Ruskin, who recognized the mythic dimensions of their chores:

Cookery means the knowledge of Medea and of Circe and of Helen and of the Queen of Sheba. It means the knowledge of all herbs and fruits and balms and spices, and all this is healing and sweet in the fields and groves and savory in meats. It means carefulness and inventiveness and willingness and readiness of appliances. It means the economy of your grandmothers and the science of the modern chemist; it means testing and no wasting; it means English thoroughness and French and Arabian hospitality; and, in fine, it means that you are to be perfectly and always ladies -- loaf givers.

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman have been collaborating on photographic projects for the past 30 years. In their work, they reconfigure the familiar in order to express the timelessness, magical and mythical that they feel in their bones.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ponder Food as Photojournalism

Photographer Jessica Dimmock's work documents nurture on the other side of the world in Burkina Faso.

Dimmock's film and photography document The US Standard of nurture.

Ponder Food...the best in the world

Moving to the more specific title, Ponder Food as Love, prompted a new wave of research into a sweeter side of our quest. Began with New Yorker's Notes of a Gastronome, an image search for photographs from Albert Adria's elBulli menu and ended with an historical trifle.



The high art of high-tech cuisine or the frivolity of a decadent, self-absorbed culture?
What would an art historian say? Since Warhol, we've come to honor art that criticizes what is most hateful about humanity (materialism, decadence, self-interest, celebrity-worship and mortality). Rococo, may have emerged from a comparatively similar level of wealth and decadence, but it endures. Is unselfconscious self-absorbtion, like youth, is too delightful to pass up?

Boucher, Venus Consoling Love (1751)

Fragonnard, The Swing (1766)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Food and Intimacy

A waffle man from Ted Sabarese "Hunger Pains" shoot

We have been thinking about the intimate relationship of nurturing. The still life transforms into emotional landscape as the line between serving and self blurs. We are not alone in considering this relationship as today's article in the Wall Street Journal describes.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Emotional Landscape 1

Carte de Tendre

Consuming Passion is a journey through time and emotional space traversing the changing terrain of nurture. We became conscious of the trek as we scaled the pinnacles of our breasts, through the swamplands of osterized fruits and vegetables, around lunch boxes and snacks, now muddling through a vast plain dotted by meals on the fly and holiday rituals. Along the nurture road the landscape of the kitchen, our bodies and the emotional landscape of loving, procuring, offering and growth observed is in constant flux.

Annette Messanger's work led us to the 18th century novelist and essayist of Mlle. Madeline de Scudery (1607-1701), who devised the Carte de Tendre (Land of Tender Friendships) where initiates to her literary salon traveled through emotion terrain toward de Scudery's affection. According to feminist historian, Gloria Feman Orenstein, women throughout history honored the absolute commitment of their friendships and viewed the literary salon as sacred space, matriarchal utopia and psychic self-portraiture.

The map of Tendre is a topographic allegory, representing the stations of love as if they were real paths and places. The country is bisected by the Inclination (Disposition), a river that runs south to north, joined by two smaller rivers, the Estime (Respect) and the Reconnaissance (Gratitude), before plunging ito La Mer Dangereus (The Dangerous Sea), which is separated from a reef-ridden narrows from Terres Inconnues (Unknown Lands). To the west are the decidedly choppy waters of the Mer d'Intimitie (Sea of Enmity).... -- Frank Jacobs

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Three Sisters

Time in the kitchen and in New Mexico made us aware of the three sisters.

Arriving at Plymouth, Massachusetts in December of 1620, the Pilgrims had little or no experience of farming. They brought no tools for fishing, nor did they have hunting skills or experience, which in Europe was restricted to the aristocracy. As religious and political immigrants, they embraced hard work and rejected any help from England. During their first winter, half of the 102 immigrants perished. Yet, within a generation, Pilgrims became a self-sustaining farming community.

Their salvation came from the Wampanoag Indians who taught them to hunt, fish and embraced the three sisters of nourishment: corn, beans and squash. These were the three crops that nourished all the Native Americans.

Potatoes and tomatoes were grown as ornamental plants in Europe in the 16th century and would not be adopted by the Americans until the 18th century. Two lesser vegetables were quickly adopted by the settlers as well as Europeans, sweet potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes.

-- Eating in America A History by Waverly Root & Richard de Rochemont

Saturday, January 15, 2011

2010 in Review

The Lunchbox Series, November

A cross-it-off-the-checklist endorphin rush:



Ragdale Foundation Residency

begin shooting Consuming Passion and website renovation

October 14 launch


Raised $19,920 since its inception in December 2009

There are still six more prints from Consuming Passion available for sale at the Collectdotgive.org site. 100% of the proceeds from the sales go to The Voices and Faces Project. Take a look.

Word of the site is spreading through a recent mention in this month's Elle Decor website.


Studio Space 2007-2 N Prospect, Milwaukee


Exposure Benefit for the MAM Photography Council: donation of portrait and workshop

Stella Critique Group participation

September - October

Society of Photographic Educators - Midwest Regional Conference 2010

Archive for Artemisia Artists and B. Ciurej and L. Lochman Photographic Projects


Bon Vivant for the Museum of Wisconsin Art: donation of portrait

Portrait after 30 years it was time to update our website image by participating in the Real Photo Postcard Survey by J. Shimon and J. Lindeman


Mail Chimp greeting card

Mini Portfolio Reviews MoCP/March, CAR/May, MNMVS/July and Stella/August

Travel NYPhotofest, Minneapolis, A.I.R. Opening



To See Ourselves as Others See Us:

Contemporary Wisconsin Portraits

About the Curators: Graeme Reid, Assistant Director at the museum of Wisconsin Art and Debra Brehmer, art historian and Director of Portrait Society Gallery

JSOnline Review

July 2 - 24

Consumption Exhibition

The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Consumption is a complicated word with a myriad of meanings and usages.

About the Curator: Brian Paul Clamp working for nearly two decades as a curator, Clamp holds a MS degree in Critical Studies in Modern Art from Columbia University and is the author of thirty publications on American Art.


featured in Romania blog oitzarisme

About the Curator: Constantin Nimigean

December 1 - January 2

At Her Age Exhibition

For the inaugural CURRENTS exhibition series at A.I.R. gallery examines how women at any period in their life, old or young, view their changing bodies. The exhibition addresses the questions: "How does age affect experiencing one's sexual/sensual life?" and "How does age impact one's evolving personal and social relationships?"

About the Curator: Martha Wilson is an artist and Founding Director of Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. Since its inception in 1976, Franklin Furnace has presented and preserved temporal art: artists’ books and other multiples produced internationally after 1960; temporary installations; and performance art.

About A.I.R. Gallery: Advocating for women in the arts since 1972. A.I.R. Gallery is located at 111 Front Street, #228, in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Kat Greifen, Director.

More Anthropomorphic Vegetables in History

The Vegetable Museum - 07, Ju Duoqi, 2008 Napoleon on Potatoes

The Vegetable Museum - 03, Ju Duoqi, 2008 The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Pickled Cabbage

The Vegetable Museum - 19, Ju Duoqi, 2008 The Birth of the Radish

I am happy that I have found a way of life for women who love the home. I have found an environmental way of bringing work and life together. From imagination to reconstruction and postproduction, it burns through tons of boring hours....As a medium that decodes time, photography is my favorite. Everything has a spirit, each vegetable, each person, and each second, under careful observation, has extraordinary meaning. What makes me happy is that when I see Napoleon on his Potato, I can think back to when I fried him up and ate him at two in the morning in the summer of ’08. Through photographs, memory becomes sentiment. I never leave the house, and when I do I rarely travel more than 15 kilometers. In a studio, with a knife, a box of toothpicks and some vegetables, I can make small sculptures and slap together big scenes, using a woman’s most effortless and thrifty method of fantasizing about the larger world.

-- from Ju Duoqi's artist statement regarding her Vegetable Museum

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Odd, Dark and Forgotten Christmas

Anthropomorphic edibles pictured on these postcards printed in the 18oo's were a favorite English fantasy associated with the eating and merriment of the season. These seem to sum up the season – the pot as fiery imp, Sir Loin getting knighted, and finally Santa served up as the main dish while elves dance round in glee.
From Christmas Curiosities, Odd, Dark and Forgotten Christmas by John Grossman.