Art News: Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw: Imeday Imeday Ollarday Icklenay at Allegra LaViola Gallery

14 Dec
2010

ART AND FOOD COMBINE AT IMEDAY EXHIBIT & PERFORMANCE AT ALLEGRA LAVIOLA GALLERY

Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw: Imeday Imeday Ollarday Icklenay, is an extraordinary performance combined with a sumptuous dinner party experience. This exhibition transforms the Allegra LaViola Gallery into a banquet hall of epic proportions, combining performance and cuisine. The gallery will host six performances of succulent feasts prepared by Chef Yuri Hart.

Drawing inspiration from Biblical and Art Historical references, the duo, Catron and Outlaw, present a feast for an apocalypse, and invite you all to eat, drink and be merry. They have created a spectacle spectacle so grand, you cannot look away, and shouldn’t, as those who attend are encouraged to participate.

Euszay and Etishay

The writing on the wall, which foretold the downfall of the Babylonian Empire, is the starting point for the performance. Catron and Outlaw took their inspiration from Rembrant’s “Belshazzar’s Feast” and created an sinister gateway to the exhibition. Instead of the Hebrew letters spelling out “mina, mina, shekel, half-mina”, the Aramaic names of currency, the writing on their wall reads “Imeday, Imeday, Ollarday, Icklenay”– dime, dime, dollar, nickel in pig latin. The use of a school children’s secret language is a sign that while the writing is certainly on the wall, we will most likely have fun reading it.

In “Enusvay of Binouray” (seen below) we see the traditional female figure, nude and reclining on an opulent daybed. Presented with an image of desire, we are also confronted with an animalistic version of femininity: small tufts of hair sprout from the woman’s body and her hands and feet are blackened by grime. Animal ears and nose complete the lusty half-beast, while in the background we see a costumed couple pillaging the trash. The transformation of the archetypal female charm to a partially lupine creature clutching a haunch of raw meat lets us know that this version of beauty will not be for the weak of will, or stomach.

Enusvay of Binouray

This mix of the beautiful and the grotesque is typical of the pair, who count their “favorite” of the seven deadly sins as Gluttony, Lust and Pride. Catron and Outlaw’s opulent approach lures us in at the same time they ridicule us—and themselves. Nothing escapes the duo’s attention: we are all made to either join in the game, or get out.

Aintsay Eromejay in Ishay Tudysay

Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw are both graduates of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. They have been working together for 2 years, and their most recent project, “Jen n Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boil”, received extensive coverage in The New York Times, Time Out New York, Gothamist, Art Fag City, and Grub Street. This is their first solo show in New York City.

Tickets for the dinners can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets and dinners will take place on December 15, and December 20, 2010, and January 5, January 12, and January 19, 2011.

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