James Coquia – Weekend
In Flux: The Transitory Nature of Food | June 8th and 9th, 2013
In a search for the new aesthetic, this intensive two-day workshop will explore the potency of food as creative fodder. Alive, reproductive and fugacious, food is the perfect analogue for the human body. Not entirely dissimilar to art, food remains necessary to sustain us as living things. A want to integrate them seems like the natural inclination. In addition to the studio curriculum, a battery of images and presentations will be an integral aspect of this workshop. We will look at food used in art throughout history, the centuries-old folk art tradition of Appalachian Whimsy Dolls and how this ephemeral material challenges perception and value. In consideration of time limitations, only a select group of fruits and vegetables will be utilized. Bring your ideas- between sessions participants will be encouraged to acquire unusual fruits and/or vegetables to incorporate into their final project.
…a bittersweet awareness of the transience of things…
I explore the ways in which every aspect of a life lived creatively can be considered and incorporated into an artistic practice; where daily customs, cleansing and harvesting rituals, consumption, masturbation, trauma, collecting, taxonomy, architecture, habitation and subsistence are platforms of pertinent and relevant inquiry.
My practice is multifarious, at its hub is the generation, cultivation, mediation and accumulation of objects that are sympathetic with temporality and flux, and largely, investigate the discourse between the immutable and fugacious. I look for beauty where there typically is none, mining for it in refuse, residues and the useless. I am drawn to, and seek to sublimate the anomalous, uncanny and ugly.