EAT is an ongoing interactive performance by Kurt Johannessen, presented by NOoSPHERE Arts on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The artist Kurt Johannessen is a pioneer in the field of Norwegian performance art. There will be an opening reception Friday, Feb 9, 6‐8pm.
Kurt Johannessen will be on-site Feb 9-10 to personally serve his creations to the public throughout the first weekend of the show.
ETE, the Norwegian leg of the EAT project, took place July 7, 2012, during Rosendal Food & Art Festival: 29 people ate original drawings of various wild animals. Each participant chose an image hand‐drawn by Kurt Johannessen. The drawings were served on a cracker made into a meal accompanied by cheese, omelet, herbs, salad and spices, etc. Some images from the book documenting this event are available here. For EAT, Johannessen will hang similar, original drawings of wild animals in grid format throughout the gallery. Patrons who purchase these works will consume them on site while the artist photographs them in the act of eating. A printout of this digital image, which will also be emailed to the buyer, replaces the disappeared drawing on the wall, and so the exhibition will slowly change form over the course of three weeks.
The exhibition will be on view at NOoSPHERE Arts through February 24. Visit their web site at http://no-in-nyc.org/.
Born 1960 in Norway, Johannessen has worked with performance, artist’s books, video and installations since the early eighties. His work is minimalist and poetic, at times with a touch of humour. He is his own publisher and has produced more than 60 books, many of them translated into English. The books vary from just one sentence to short stories or just pictures. He has created 200 different performances and has presented his work extensively in Europe, as well as in some countries in Asia and America. In 2007, he had a major, partly retrospective exhibition at the Bergen Art Museum featuring installation, video and performances. See www.zeth.no for more info.