Fickle Food Upon A Shifting Plate

Curated by Tayah Leigh Barrs and organised with Laurence Owen

September/ October 2017

Daniel Gordon
Alex Frost
Rhys Coren
Tyra Tingleff
Laurence Owen
Emma Hart
Nicholas Cheveldave
Knut Aaser
Helene Appel
Alex Olson

Studio_Leigh is pleased to present ‘Fickle Food Upon A Shifting Plate’. The exhibition gathers the work of ten artists around the subject of consumption. Set above a commercial restaurant’s kitchens the exhibition riffs on the parallel between art and food as creations to be consumed and around the similarities between looking and tasting, understanding and chewing, investing and digesting.

The exhibition takes its title from the 1702 Emily Dickenson poem ‘Fame is a Fickle Food’, which intimates the caprice of artistic success within the language of feast and famine:

Fame is a fickle food
Upon a shifting plate
Whose table once a
Guest but not
The second time is set
Whose crumbs the crows inspect
And with ironic caw
Flap past it to the
Farmer’s corn
Men eat of it and die