Peer2Pickle

curated by Justin Tyler Tate

Justin Tyler Tate, Dialectics of Space, ver. 2, 2017
  • Artists:
    Mo Chieh/莫捷
    Andrew Gryf Paterson
    Agnieszka Pokrywka
    Justin Tyler Tate

    Exhibition Website
Food waste is a growing problem with little governmental or corporate incentive to offer solutions. In the United States alone food waste constitutes about 30-40 percent of the food supply. This corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010. In 2014 alone, more than 38 million tons of food waste was generated, with only five percent diverted from landfills and incinerators. In an effort to confront this situation Peer2Pickle will reformat and transform apexart's space into a durational workshop, peer learning venue, and an ephemeral factory.

Working between Asia, Europe and North America, four artists will utilize disused organic matter from nearby markets as well as other sources, transforming those materials into products with an extended shelf life and a new economy. The exhibition addresses issues of increased greenhouse gasses caused by decomposition, diminishing food security, a lack of equal access to healthy food, as well as wasted resources and labor. Furthermore, the project creates and disseminates formulas for transforming food waste into products with an extended life, which can be adapted for any location by motivated actors. Peer2Pickle blurs boundaries amid defined roles, as the art space becomes a factory with the exhibition and addresses concerns that fluctuate between art and activism, commons and capital, and environment and society.

Mo Chieh/莫捷's documentary work explores different levels at which waste food is being produced in her home country of Taiwan. Andrew Gryf Paterson will create an installation consisting of different processes for making edible paper using waste food, alongside homemade fermented pastes. Agnieszka Pokrywka will utilize bodily excretions such as hair, skin and bacteria and repurpose them in a series of tutorials. Justin Tyler Tate's installation will be comprised of waste foods which have been rejuvenated through natural chemical processes, aestheticized, and made available for reproduction.
Justin Tyler Tate was born in Canada, grew up in the United States and now works internationally. Receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University and a Master of Fine Arts from Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts, his work combines elements of sculpture, installation, media, performance and social art. Tate's work is concerned with ideas of space, function, interactivity and environment. In combining traditional methods of making, do-it-yourself approaches, research, experimentation as well as explorations of pedagogy, Tate is able to alter how space is perceived, interpreted and experienced. Tate teaches workshops on the methodology of available materials, tools, and site specificity.



Installation Images

Peer2Pickle Introduction, 2019, Installation view.

 

Mo Chieh/莫捷, Perfect Vegetables, 2018, Installation view.
 

Justin Tyler Tate, Untitled, 2019, Installation view.

 

Agnieszka Pokrywka, Re-Use Yourself, 2019, Installation view.
 

Justin Tyler Tate, Untitled, 2019, Installation view.

 

Andrew Gryf Paterson, Edible Paper Experiments, 2019, Installation view.

Justin Tyler Tate, Untitled, 2019, and Andrew Gryf Paterson, Edible Paper Experiments, 2019, Installation view.

Installation view.

 

Mo Chieh/莫捷, Perfect Vegetables, 2018, Installation view.
 

Mo Chieh/莫捷, Perfect Vegetables, 2018, Installation view.
 

Justin Tyler Tate and Mo Chieh/莫捷, New York City Waste Tour, 2019, Installation view.
 

Installation view.

 

Installation view.

 

Brochure Images

Agnieszka Pokrywka, Bacterial Fortunetelling, 2015, Performative Lecture, 30 mins (still).
 

Andrew Gryf Paterson, Bacterial Love Letters, 2017, Workshop.
 

Andrew Gryf Paterson, Agnieszka Pokrywka, Nathalie Aubret, Ferment Lab Strasbourg Workshop #2, 2017, Workshop.

Justin Tyler Tate and Anonymous Artists, Pickle Zine, 2017, Digital publication, 36 pages.
 

Justin Tyler Tate, Dialectics of Space, 2017, Installation, 16.4 x 13 x 16.4 ft.
 

Mo Chieh/莫捷, Perfect Vegetables, 2018, Video, 15 mins.
 

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.