1 Acorn Parade
17th March to 30th June 2019
From 17 May – 30 June 2019, Open Space will take over AMP Gallery in London to create an ‘art cafe’ where everything – from the food to the furniture and the tableware – is both a functional object and an artwork. Blurring the lines between the gallery, the studio and the dining room, Tender Touches will host a series of talks, dinners, readings and performances, taking place among new commissions by a group of 12 international emerging artists.
Visitors will sit at dining tables stencilled with biomorphic designs made by Coco Crampton, served food on an assortment of hand sculpted ceramic crockery produced by Bea Bonafini, and will eat using ceramic cutlery by Lindsey Mendick. The tables will be laid with napkins by Sofia Stevi and sculptural candleholders by Clementine Keith-Roach, which are cast with the composite textures of various body parts. Bespoke wallpaper created by Marco Palmieri and paintings using corn, clay and diverse exotic fruits, by Magda Skupinska, will adorn the walls. The waiters will carry mirrored trays printed with photographs by Pixy Liao, while wearing hand embroidered aprons created by Cecilia Charlton and Goia Mujalli.
The food menu will be created by artist and co-curator Inês Neto dos Santos and will draw attention to sustainable food practices such as preservation. Founding Director of Open Space Huma Kabakci will also co-curate the exhibition.
The exhibition makes reference to a number of art and literary projects based around food including Gordon Matta-Clark’s seminal New York artist-run restaurant FOOD (1971) and Gertrude Stein’s book Tender Buttons (1914).