Today in History of Art & Social Practice we continued our dialogue via a mock trial, deciding who fit (or didn't) into the canon based on presented 'evidence' by students.
Lief Hedendal came up as he was a presenter at Open Engagement. He makes locally-sourced meals as his practice. He reaches out to local farmers and creates relationships. He claims it.
The majority of the class voted him out of the canon. I was a little bit shocked. He who practices the social, but reflects real life. What's the problem?
Would Jaime Oliver fit into the canon? He by no means claims to be an artist, let alone a socially engaged one, yet he practices socially engaged food activism better than anyone I know. Can we adopt him?
So Nicole Penoncello and I are launching Your Garden Cookbook, which will offer custom cookbook-making services for Portland gardens. Does this cut the bill?
Will Rirkrit Tiravanija always be the base of our paradigm?