Fantasy World adds one more dimension to Flux Factory’s "Banquet for America" three week long experiment in building a utopian village by creating a unique social experience. The site-specific installation, fashioned in the style of old jewelry store / pawn shop, will serve as a multipurpose environment where handmade jewelry will be exchanged for stories about family dynamics –the jewel(s) in every family. The shop will function as a place for interaction, exchange and learning while evoking the disappearance of family owned artisan shops.
Flux Factory is pleased to announce Banquet for America, an experimental utopian village centered around a banquet table. Our artist-built town-within-a-gallery will be complete with a theater, specialized shops, and more; come experience a village equipped with bakers, jewelers, barbers, and smørrebrød-makers! Artists will create their structures from reclaimed materials and inhabit the town for the duration of the show, luring in visitors with their handmade goods.
The preparation of food and ritual of communal eating has been enormously formative in shaping American culture. Banquet for America will explore food as a way to gain a deeper awareness of oneself within a larger community, beyond sustenance. Additionally, the exhibition is a response to the decline of the traditional town structure in the face of box stores, malls, and chain restaurants. These structures attempt to replace the commercial enterprises of the traditional downtown district, and in doing so, subvert the viability of family-owned businesses. Such changes are more visible in small towns, where transformation is more tangible, but are of vital importance to the larger economy and the fabric of the nation.
Banquet for America will include two banquets: an opening reception with Fluxer Jean Barberis on February 3rd, and a closing banquet with Giustina Surbone on February 12th. While the opening will be open to public, we will be taking reservations for the closing event; we will be begin taking reservations closer to the date.
Participating artists include Adam Ende; Adrian Owen, Ian Montgomery, Jason Eppink & Joe Shaw; Alison Ward; Andy Ralph; Angela Washko; Georgia Muenster; Giustina Surbone; Hector Canonge; Jean Barberis & Mark Krawczuk; Jesper Aabille; Kerry Cox; LuLu LoLo; Stephanie Avery; and Veronica Dougherty. Curated by Alison Ward and Georgia Muenster.
For press or general inquiries, please contact Georgia@fluxfactory.org.