Art Food 2016 comes to New York
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After a preview of the students’ work at Alchemia in Kraków on 21st and 22nd July 2016, a full exhibition of the results of the 2016 Art Food workshop will take place at the Krakow Academy’s Schody gallery from 4th to 30th October. Meanwhile, over the last week of October, a different selection of works will be put on display at the David Weeks Studio gallery in New York from 18th to 21st October.
These two main shows will be supplemented with an exhibition in Lublin at Centrum Spotkania Kultur from 10th to 30th November, where the tableware designed in the workshops will be shown alongside pieces developed in earlier editions of Art Food.
For what is now the fourth time, in early July 2016 young designers from Poland and abroad came together for the Art Food workshops, which combine design and culinary arts in a novel way. Under the watchful eye of designer Marek Cecuła, 12 students from two schools – the Faculty of Industrial Design of the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts and the Pratt Institute of New York – worked to create an extraordinary set of ceramic wares. In this fourth edition of the Art Food project, the young designers convened for the three-week-long workshops at the Ćmielów Design Studio in the Cmielów and Chodzież Polish Porcelain Factories, where they worked under the guidance of the project’s leader, Marek Cecuła, an artist, designer, and educator.
Art Food is an international project integrating a variety of fields: design with the ceramics industry, education with occupational reality, and diverse working methods and practices drawn from different cultures. The goal of Art Food is to offer design education which steps out of the confines of the academy: in the workshops at the factory in Ćmielów, the students had the opportunity to encounter the world of professional design and commercial production. In preparing for the project, they also attended special semester-long design, anthropological and culinary workshops led by Professors Czesława Frejlich and Irvin Tepper. Together, they pondered the cultural aspects of the act of eating and how taste and meal preparation methods influence the way food is served – and vice versa.
For the students, the workshops were a unique chance to learn about the entire design process, from the development of a concept to production, initial feedback from the client and close cooperation with the manufacturer. The experience gained can be a critical asset in the students’ later professional development as the project opens many doors to a career in the field of industrial design.
The main partner of the Art Food project was Culture.pl, executing its programme for the promotion of Polish design worldwide. The project was co-organised by Marek Cecuła’s Modus Design Studio, the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, the Pratt Institute in New York, and the Ćmielów and Chodzież Polish Porcelain Factories.
centrum spotkania kultur
ćmielów design studio
Sources: Culture.pl, edited by az, 21 September 2016