The Bread Show

Performance Baking (c) Tim Morris

May 4, 2012 at visual art exchange, Raleigh, NC

Performance Baking by Olivia Griego and Amber Wood
Text by Paul Kilpatrick
Directed by Pj Maske
White Weight Wheat Wool, fiber art installation by Gabrielle Duggan
Poly-bread, installation by Miles Holst
Bread Zepplin, poster by Mollie Earls
Daily Bread 1 and Daily Bread Manna, paintings by Kyle Ragsdale
Butter Barkers, Todd Buker and Evan Mitchell
Bread consultant, Lee Quinn
Clothing draped by Amy Quinn

Special Thanks to Sarah Powers, Meredith Burgess, Amy Quinn, Malissa Kilpatrick, Geoff Bradford, Bruce Benedict, The Calvin Institute, Cheryl Motheral-Lynn

glass jar + marble + heavy cream + lid +              shake it ’til ya make it = “Street Butter”

“Street butter! Get your Street butter here!”

Butter Barkers beckoned crowds off of West Martin Street with tantalizing promises of a feast. Once inside, visitors found themselves surrounded by visual and performance art, an interactive rye grass touch table, and mountains of homemade bread. Throughout the evening children joined the festivities, gathering around the performance table to knead their own dough. The throngs did not go away hungry. Some visitors even took the show home with them in the form of wild Raleigh yeast starters, each jar bearing a name (Sandra, Lincoln, etc.) and proper care and feeding instructions:

So, my 3 older kids have so enjoyed their baby sourdough starter. They NEVER refer to it as the starter, though. It’s Isyphene. And they talk about “her” as though “she” is a member of the family. We made our first batch of dough yesterday, and plan to bake it today. I wonder how the thought of eating Isyphene’s offspring will go over. Oh well, thanks for giving us such a fun project. We’re learning lots about yeast and fermentation.  ~ Beth Ingram Peterson, May 8

After one-night-only performance baking the visual art remained on exhibit through the month of May.

“Back to the Beginning” (Artists’ Statement): The Bread Show is an art show involving installation, performance, sculpture, paintings and BAKING exploring the place of bread in the world.  Seeking to engage all the senses in an exploration of the most important food in the world. A little more: I [Paul] sensed there was something interesting to be said about bread. Gathering artists of every available stripe we broke bread together and then we talked about it. There is A LOT to talk about when it comes to bread, given enough time, and possibly wine, you could talk about bread forever. It is integral in the development in the world. Every culture has their own bread. It is important in every way: philosophically, spiritually, historically, economically, culturally. Come join us as we bake, eat (and churn butter) May First Friday at VAE. We want people to talk about Bread. Happily it is a fun and often delicious conversation. 

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