Artwork explores the American ‘Appetite’
- Published: March 13, 2013
The suburban home and garden that just went up inside the Herndon Gallery this week speaks of many things about the American culture. Its manicured lawn, the white pitched-roof house, and the square rooms with the things its inhabitants desire are all part of our appetite for consumption. What started out as the American Dream, according to curator Michael Casselli, has morphed since the post-war 1950s into an outsize need to consume everything from food to knowledge. And instead of an American pastime, consumption has become a global norm.
“Appetite: An American Pastime,” a new multi-media exhibit that opens at the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College’s South Hall this weekend. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 16, 7–9 p.m. On Sunday, March 17, at 1 p.m., the Herndon Gallery will host Lunch on the Lawn, a conversation and lunch event with participating artist Stefanie Koseff.
“Appetite” is the invention of Casselli, Antioch College adjunct faculty in media arts. It is a curatorial collaboration between Brooklyn artists Stefanie Koseff, Eric Dyer, Maggie Hoffman, and Raul Vincent Enriquez and local political/cultural theorist Kurt Miyazaki. The Herndon was transformed by the two miles of wax paper it took to build the roof and the inner and outer walls of the house. Then each artist was asked to respond to the concept of “appetite” within one of four rooms of the house. The result is a multi-sensory interpretation of what, how and why people desire and some of the consequences of our human appetites.
The exhibition continues through May 24.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Dennie Eagleson, creative director of the Herndon Gallery at [email protected] or 937-768-6462.
More on this story will appear in this week’s Yellow Springs News.