Food Art

gouttes a gouts

installation view

I am interested in the physicality, directness and now-ness of the taste performance.

packaged food

food carton

I was invited to feed the novelists at Flux Factory

SuperSpa

tranquilizing

"SuperSpa" offers you a unique experience unlike any you have ever had!

spore2000

vegetal

soy beans, tofu, and hydroponic vegetal...

spritz-spirit

pomegranate squirt

Place the dropper with the pomegranate seed into your mouth and squirt.

NY Flavors

NY Flavors Ice Cream Stand

Ice Cream Stand. Mapping the tastes and smells of NYC's different tribes into a comestible frozen liquid.

politiques etrangeres

liquid and powder

In contrast to the heavy food normally served during the holidays, these tastes were fresh and light.

pucks water

sports drink

Sports drinks and sexual stimulants

Wishing Factory

Make a wish, Take a wish

A recycling project for wishes. Miwa made her own shrine and ritual for a modern day exchange using paper shredders

Overview

I have done many food performances, because I find that food has a way of cutting through cultural differences (or underline-ing them) with a directness that is difficult to equal with another medium. Also, I take great joy when my creation a taste object is consumed, disappears leaving only the immediate and definite reaction of the taster. My art has entered their body physically. Where they can walk away from a photograph or an installation indifferent, there is always a reaction to the food tasted.

Most people do not know how to interpret a work of art. Contemporary art can seem particularly foreign to normal people. Everyone however eats. In one of my taste experiences, I take perfect tomatoes, juice them and strain out all the particulate matter, all the texture which is red. The result is a slightly syrupy golden liquid which is 100% tomato with none of the tomato texture or color. The identifiers of tomato have been removed, just the essential taste remains.

Almost everyone has eaten a tomato, but I have yet to find someone who tasted my golden liquid and said, "oh, that's a tomato" instead they are launched into memories, "oh I know what this is," "it reminds me when I was a kid," "is it salad?" after a few minutes I tell them what it is, and of course they know, but by slightly changing this everyday taste, removing all its context, all the signifiers of shape and color with which they identify a tomato, they have been sent through a whole voyage of memories, of questioning. I have dozens of other similar tricks up my sleeve.

NEWS


upcoming:

FIAF Crossing the Line 2010

/Farm City Fair/

Sept. 12, 2010 (11am-5pm)

The Invisible Dog Art Center

Miwa is presenting a new flavor 'Bergen St.' of NY Flavors Ice Cream as part of this year's Crossing the Line Festival


recent:

Free Store

/NY Flavors Ice Cream /

Feb. 19th and March 20th

99 Nassau St.

Miwa is presenting a new flavor 'Wall St.' of NY Flavors Ice Cream at the opening and closing of the Free Store

Broadthinking

/Unnatural Acts and other illicit thoughts about nature/

Jan. 2-15, 2009

Broadway Gallery

Small quick show in a venerable downtown institution

Peekskill Project08

/PET Project and NY Flavors Ice Cream /

Sept. 13 - Nov. 23rd 2008

Peekskill, NY

Miwa is installing some PETs on the piers and will be serving a new flavor of NY Flavors Ice Cream for 2 days at the opening

Working Space 08

/Curated by Tatiana Arocha/

Aug 2 - Sept 20, 2008

Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space

Artists employing a wide variety of media, from AAI's Rotating Studio Program, Fall 2007 and Spring 2008. Curated by Tatiana Arocha

Cool

/Summer Invitational/

Jul 10 - Aug 15, 2008

George Adams Gallery

A New York Flavors Ice Cream performance at the opening of a show called "Cool" at the George Adams Gallery in Chelsea. Miwa will be serving a new New York Flavored Ice Cream "34th St Herald Square" (kimuchi !).

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