THE ARTIST DINING ROOM: ROSEMARIE TROCKEL
THURSDAY 23RD AUGUST, 7PM - 10:30PM
Ticket includes: a welcome cocktail on arrival, a multi-course meal and entertainment.
On Thursday 23rd of August, The Artist Dining Room at Guest Projects invites you to an unforgettable, immersive dining experience exploring the mysterious and uncanny world of the conceptual and feminist artist, Rosemarie Trockel.
For this unique occasion, The Cultivist’s Florence Ritter will introduce the diners to Rosemarie Trockel’s enigmatic and multifaceted practice by exposing her poetic modes of representation and clever use of visual play, wit, whimsy and irony. During the dinner, Florence will explore Trockel’s influences and inspirations, and how these have shaped her practice. She will lead the diners through a bespoke multi-sensory menu curated and prepared by Chef and Food Stylist Liberty Greene Fennell.
Each course is inspired by key artworks from Trockel’s oeuvre, with particular attention to texture, colour and pattern. Liberty Greene Fennell’s beautifully crafted dishes will encompass elements from Trockel’s knitted textiles and sculptural works, whilst incorporating traditional methods from German and Eastern European cuisine.
Rosemarie Trockel (b. 13 November 1952, Schwerte, Germany) is a German artist who works with a diverse range of materials in a variety of mediums, some of which include: drawing, collage, textiles in clothing and furniture, ceramics, bronze sculpture, photography, video, bookmaking, and assemblage.
Throughout Trockel’s artistic practice she has experimented with appropriation and the relationship between objects, of which she has found or collected from history, zoology, botany and craft. By placing these objects together, Trockel creates a poetic dialogue between past and present, organic matter and the man-made, between science and fine-art craft. Each object becomes interconnected within a constellation of networks, all intrinsically linked in new and evolving ways. By assembling the objects in this way, Trockel refuses the traditional conventions of categorisation and hierarchy usually attached to objects in a museum context. She opens the floor to new readings and new interpretations, creating a stage on which we ponder and debate, where connections between society and art are questioned and criticised. Trockel avoids definition - she embraces that which is whimsical, un-explained, unspecified and unfixed. Her work exhibits polysemy, fluidity and uncertainty.
These methods of appropriation, re-contextualising, alteration and weaving became iconic themes throughout her practice, further explored in her physically produced knitted, layered and representational works.
Between 1974 and 1978 Trockel studied painting at the Werkkunstschule in Cologne under Werner Schriefers. In 1983, Rosemarie had her first solo show at the Monika Spruth Galerie in Cologne and the Galerie Philomene Magers in Bonn. In the mid 1980’s Trockel began to work in a much larger scale by mass-producing machine-knitted wool paintings on an industrial scale. Her “paintings" featured geometric designs, which later shifted and evolved with the introduction of mass produced images, trademark logos and motifs such as the Playboy bunny, hammers and sickles and more controversially, Swastikas; all with the intention to blur and devalue the traditional methods of decoration that had been associated with modernist discourse. Trockel’s radical approach to exploring gender and femininity is also reflected through her methods of combining conventional textile production, considered ‘feminine’, with the aggressive, mechanical and industrial machinery, considered ‘masculine’, shown in production of her knitted paintings.
Since the late 1990’s Trockel has worked extensively with clay to make ceramics in the form of pots, figurative sculpture and abstract forms representational of crustaceans, shellfish and other marine life. In 1994 Trockel created the Frankfurter Engel monument for the city of Frankfurt, a monument specifically dedicated to the homosexual people who were persecuted under Nazi Rule, and in 2011 she won the Wolf Prize for painting. In 2012 The New Museum in New York presented a major exhibition of Trockel’s work titled Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos, curated by Lynne Cooke which toured to the Serpentine Gallery London in 2013.
Guest Host: Florence Ritter
Florence Ritter is the Director of Programming for Europe for The Cultivist – a global arts club that offers uniquely privileged access to every aspect of the art world and provides tailored experiences to artist studios, museums, galleries and art fairs worldwide.
Florence has a background in arts communications and events; she has directed cultural campaigns across the non-profit, fair and museum sectors, including working with the British Council, K11 Art Foundation, The Arts Club and The Hepworth Wakefield, and has worked with Tate Modern, Inverleith House in Edinburgh and Whitechapel Art Gallery. Each year Florence produces eighty-five events across Europe with a particular focus on the UK, coordinating regular events in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Belgium and Paris. These fun and unique events are always focused on education around art, architecture and design. For each excursion, Florence leads private exhibition tours, hosts breakfasts and dinners with leading artists, and organises day trips to artist’s studios where she presents an In Conversation with the artist before the group, introducing them to various projects and key themes within the artist’s practice. Examples of these have included: a private tour of the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy before it opened to the public with Ai’s lawyer, breakfast with Marina Abramovic on the set of her Antwerp opera on the morning of the preview and more unique moments such as reading the weekend papers with Peter Blake. Florence also works on a discursive dinner programme with Guests of Honour that have so far included Charles Saumarez Smith, David Batchelor and Nick Knight.
Guest Chef: Liberty Greene Fennell
Liberty Greene Fennell is an East London based recipe writer and food stylist, currently writing and styling for Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Fabulous Magazine.
Liberty creates seasonal dishes made from colourful and textured local produce that are inspired by the countries and cities she has travelled to. Liberty is heavily influenced by traditional and simple Italian home cooking and often combines her love of Turkish and Middle Eastern food with seasonal British flavours and produce.
In 2013 Liberty started her first foodie venture “Your House at Mine” - a themed supper club based around travel, which ran for two years in different venues across London. Each supper club drew on significant childhood memories and recollections from recent places she had travelled to. The aim of the supper club was to bring together a group of strangers under one roof, in a comfortable and relaxed space, to socialise and share their lives and experiences through food and conversation.
In 2016 Liberty spent a year living in Germany, employed as the UK food writer for ‘Marley Spoon’, a global recipe box company based in Berlin. It was here that she was able to freely test her own food creations and adapt her signature style and taste. Liberty is currently working in London on a freelance basis, styling for food magazines, cookbooks and television adverts, and writing for a number of magazines.
Liberty was inspired by Rosemarie Trockel’s use of colour, texture and pattern, which is often the basis for her recipe creations. By looking closely at Trockel’s large sculptural pieces and in particular, Trockel’s use of knitting, weaving and appropriation, Liberty has curated a menu that reflects on these specific elements and other iconic pieces from Trockel’s practice. Having also lived in Germany, where Trockel was born and lives today, Liberty has taken inspiration from traditional German and Eastern European cooking, and has adapted these ideas into her multi-course menu.
Food and Styling by Liberty Greene Fennell
The Artist Dining Room is located at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects space in East London. The Artist Dining Room collaborates with London-based chefs to hold a series of unique and bespoke artist-led supper clubs, offering an alternative dining experience where creative minds can engage and immerse themselves in the life and works of an artist through food. Previous supper clubs have been inspired by artists and art movements, including Louise Bourgeois, David Lynch, Kurt Schwitters, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton, Sophie Calle, Kara Walker, Nan Goldin, Francesca Woodman, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Derek Jarman, and Leonora Carrington.
Guest Projects is an initiative conceived by artist Yinka Shonibare MBE which offers the opportunity to practitioners, of any artistic discipline (dance, visual arts, music), to have access to a free project space. Alongside Regent’s Canal, Guest Projects provides an alternative universe and playground for artists. It is a laboratory of ideas and a testing ground for new thoughts and actions.