Artist Report: Martijn Engelbregt

'Get Lost', October 2011, wood + doors
‘Get Lost’, October 2011, wood + doors
'Bouncing Ball Pit', August 2011, Large inflated balls + rods+ mesh
‘Bouncing Ball Pit’, August 2011, Large inflated balls + rods+ mesh
'Have it my Way', 2006., Cahier+ paper+ black block letters
‘Have it my Way’, 2006., Cahier+ paper+ black block letters
Goods Advice, October 2010, Poster + typography
Goods Advice, October 2010, Poster + typography
The Quiet Leftover Restaurant, 2008, invasive plants and edible leftovers + picnic tables+ culinary art
The Quiet Leftover Restaurant, 2008, invasive plants and edible leftovers + picnic tables+ culinary art

Expert Statement:

The first question we should ask ourselves when looking at a work of art is: – Does it give me the chance to exist in front of it, or, on the contrary, does it deny me as a subject, refusing the consider the Other in its structure?

-Nicolas Ribbaud

Subject Statement:

Picnic tables are placed on top of each other in a park in the Netherlands, decreasing in number by row. This creates a pyramid like structure, which also serves as a dining place for the meals cooked with ‘herb hunts’ that the artist and his group, along with a Chef named Miguel Brugman went out and collected weeds and invasive plants as well as leftover foods from wholesalers and market stalls to make meals to serve to the public.

Content Statement:

  1. A possibility for the content of this art project is to highlight the amount of waste that is incurred by the food industry today (in that they yielding 35% wasteful food), despite there being stomachs that go to sleep hungry and mouths in need of the food they easily dispose of.
  2. Another possibility for the art content is that the artist and his team want to highlight how inefficient our self sustaining capability is, as we waste and do not think to use what is around us efficiently.
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