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Cornucopia - Artists' Book of the Week


Mon 2 May 2011, 8:30am–6:00pm
Tue 3 May 2011, 8:30am–6:00pm
Wed 4 May 2011, 8:30am–6:00pm
Thu 5 May 2011, 8:30am–6:00pm
Fri 6 May 2011, 8:30am–6:00pm
Sat 7 May 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Elam School of Fine Arts, 20 Whitaker Place, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: ARANZ

The Fine Arts Library is featuring food and art to mark Records and Archives Week (1-7 May 2011). Cornucopia represents the top of the range in terms of book production and gives an insight into fine dining in Auckland in the late 1990s. The book is a portfolio of fourteen lithographs produced by Frans Baetens of Muka Studio in 1998. Baetens paired artists and food professionals to produce a visual feast far removed from an ordinary recipe book. The artists have interpreted their recipes with gusto with a lithograph and a text page for each dish. Denys Watkins, a senior lecturer at Elam, was paired with Richard Genn from Verandah Bar and Grill (VBG) in Parnell. Denys responded to the form of bok choy in Genn’s ‘Seared Tuna on Asian Vegetables’:

“I tried to use colours that referenced the food, for example bok choy. I wanted the food to look crisp and crunchy, like the light food it reflects, so the colours are light.”

Each day the display case in the library will feature a different double act. The artists all have associations with the Elam School of Fine Arts as students and staff. Denys retires this year after a long teaching career. The other five pairs are Jenny Dolezel and Kate Fay (French Cafe); Rodney Fumpston and Alistair Park (O’Connell St Bistro); John Reynolds and Julie Le Clerc (Garnet Road Foodstore); Dick Frizzell and David Griffiths (Vinnies); and Carole Shepheard and Ray McVinnie.

The Dick Frizzell rendition of ‘Crayfish ravioli with Bluff oysters and fresh Sevruga caviar’ should be considered for serving in the new waterfront cloud for an after party and John Reynolds’ rendition of the recipe for Le Clerc’s ‘Hokey Pokey Bomb’ is typographically vivid. Note that two Crunchie bars can be substituted for the hokeypokey.

To make these works more accessible the Fine Arts Library will produce a stop motion animation to pique your interest. This will allow you to view the animation attached to the book’s catalogue record. For the true archival experience you can also visit the real work and wear white gloves to handle each printed sheet. Visit the Fine Arts Library and ask for Cornucopia.

Held in the Fine Arts Library, Elam School of Fine Arts.

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