Avocado centred Culinary Performance
Penelope Richardson brought her pop-up exhibition to life with her culinary performance ‘Guacamole’. Emulating the style of Mexican street vendors she set up her own food stall at Mrs.Sporty during the pop-up exhibition “Mexico”. The performance was only one element of the exhibition which also included an floor installation mixing drawings and sport equipment, a series of high-key painting on paper with unique patterns created by the artist and the hand-made artist book of the same name which was printed on a Risograph.
The artist stall was set up like like a typical street stall with a display of fresh ingredients, working tools and colourful plastic serving platters. During the pop-up she prepared fresh guacamole in front of the exhibition visitors and then offered tastings. Several people commented that the demonstration was so authentic that while watching the preparation they felt like they were in a television studio. Others said they even learnt some new cooking tricks to use when preparing avocados.
This is another art project in which the artist includes food as a way to draw people in to a deeper experience of the art. In this case the culinary performance ‘Guacamole’ gave visitors a feeling for the colours and flavours on Mexico.
Richardson’s previous food in art project was the Potato performance as part of the Festival of unangepasste Kunst in Munich.