For Immediate Release: The Artist Sustainability Project Presents - The Red Herring

Coming Soon... Drawing attention to recession times the piece is called “The Red Herring: cé nest pas un a restaurant,” inspired by the Magritte painting, “This is not a pipe.” In a time when we are all talking about creating jobs, the work is a performative sculpture activated by the patrons, presented in a five-course restaurant style experience including video and live character actors.

The Red Herring takes us to the dinner table, a place that brings people together; an environment that can encourage some of the best creative solutions. As a visual artist who holds a deep love for food and cooking, I aim to alter the context of the restaurant experience through a visual free verse. By creating an opportunity to collaborate creatively with my community though both food and art I hope to reinvent modes of survival and shift perspectives about the current economic situation.

To RSVP email

TheHideawayKCMetro@gmail.com

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$200 Prix Fix Menu Paired With Wine For Two

SARDE IN SAOR

Venetian-style sweet and sour sardines with raisons, onions, and pine nuts marinated in a vinaigrette over night and served with chewy crusty bread

DEVILS ON HORSEBACK

Thick cut maple smoked bacon wrapped Iranian dates

SUMMER SALAD

Mixed greens, baby spinach, pears, fresh berries, walnuts, red wine soaked onion, and sherry vinaigrette garnished with crumbled goat cheese and black sesame seeds

BOEUF Å LA BOURGUIGNONNE

Beef tenderlion braised in red wine, garlic, onions, and a bouquet garni, with pearl onions and mushrooms served on a bed of handmade pasta garnished with fresh herbs

PROFITEROLES

A choux pastry cut in half and filled with vanilla bean ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and pistachios

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As always, there will be a personalized art object made exclusively for The Hideaway Patrons.

Hope to see you there!

DONATIONS ONLY

All funds support Space Invader: An Artist Sustainability Project

The Hideaway pays for rent, utilities, and food costs for the Artist Sustainability Project

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"Bad Luck" 84" x 79"



For those who are unfamiliar with my work I have included an image that inspired one of the prints gifted to The Hideaway Patrons this month. The life sized drawing from my "Love and War" series was recently on display in a solo show at the Flood Fine Art Center in Asheville, NC. If you would like to see this work in person, the drawing is being shown in Kansas City at the Kemper East 200 E. 44th Street Near KCAI until March.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Delivered in Clay Pots


This month all orders were delivered in handmade clay pots inspired by ancient Persian pre-wheel pottery.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

From January's Prix Fix Menu


Organic chicken stew with sauteed garlic, onion,raisons, potatoes, and spices served over sour barberry saffron infused basmati rice along with mast kiar and fresh herbs.

3 prints gifted to Hideaway Patrons in January



I went way back for my inspiration on this piece "I was gone but now, I'm here" is a print I made in attempts to create a contemporary primitive impression, inspired by the first self portrait, extended further in my treatment of the sculptures of clay pots, inspired by ancient Persian pre-wheel pottery. "Hot Dog" (center) is from a series of drawings, which are studies for a sculpture of a food cart... more on that in the months to come.

Thanks for your support!

Many in our community have helped to make this possible; I send my most sincere thanks to you. KC Metro Ceramics, Arts Incubator, Index Restaurant Supply, Utrecht, Denise Hosack, Brock DeBoer, Ehsan Avazpour, Travis DiGirolamo, Jessica Owings, Kate Hackman, Sarah Vandersall, and Jennifer Maloney. I wish to express my gratitude to you. Thank you as well to the many Patrons of The Hideaway. In purchasing my food you have already played a vital role in the conception of this artistic experiment, and it is my hope that you will continue to choose to be a part of it.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Nothin' to it but to do it...

I FOUND A PLACE TO FIRE MY POTS! WHICH IS GREAT NEWS BUT THE POTS WERE IN MY CAR ALL NIGHT, SO THEY WERE FROZEN WHEN I BROUGHT THEM INTO KC METRO CERAMICS I STARTED GLAZING THEM TOO FAST AND MOST OF THEM CRACKED. THERMAL SHOCK ...I SHOULD HAVE KNOW BETTER. SO MY SCULPTURES OF ANCIENT PERSIAN POTTERY TURNED TO RUINS. NOTHING COMES EASY; YOU JUST DUST YOUR SELF OFF AND KEEP GOING, NO BIG DEAL. More pictures soon.

Monday, January 11, 2010

My parents cookbook from 1984

THE SOURCE OF MANY OF MY RECIPES
The inspiration for many of my recipes come from a little cookbook my parents wrote in 1984 called simply "Eastern Cuisine - The Most Delicious Recipes in the World." At the time they had just opened a Middle Eastern Food Market in Jefferson City, Missouri. Their business venture only lasted six months, but the cookbook has stayed with me to this day.

Friday, January 1, 2010

January 2010 the 1st month

As a visual artist who holds a deep love for food and cooking, I can’t help but to approach this business endeavor as a creative work in progress. While many artists are feeling like space invaders not able to find a good home for their work I want to draw attention to these recession times and how we are being pulled from our studios in order to make ends meet. Called “Cé nest pas un a restaurant,” the work is inspired by the Magritte painting, “This is not a pipe.” I will take something we all know and change the context in order to start a dialogue. Rather than calling it a job I choose to see it as a work of art. This artistic project that I have been calling The Hideaway is my effort to reinvent modes of survival and shift perspective about the current economic situation. Along with this comes opportunity to collaborate creatively with my community. The work starts as a food delivery service and will manifest into a sculpture of a restaurant.

Handmade clay pots will be made to deliver gifts of food and art to the patrons of The Hideaway. Evolving as time goes by, the first menu will offer a prix fix menu with a choice of Morg Fessanjan or Morg Tanoori. Inspired by my own family recipe, both are dishes that Iranian families share with their guests and take great pride in.

Space Invader: An Artist Sustainability Project

The Hideaway; facilitates the Space Invader Program: An Artist Sustainability Project the experience is one that is constantly evolving, the first incarnation of the restaurant was a food delivery service in Asheville, NC, acquiring over 70 patrons in the first week nearly 200 patrons in the first month.

Once I acquire 250 patrons in Kansas City I will be able to give a $1000 grant to a local artist each month along with access to a studio and two assistants, a materials budget, and free food. Their task is to create an art object in edition of 250. The art objects given to the Hideaway Patrons expands the artist’s network and introduces them to potential collectors. It also helps to get the fire going presenting the idea of multiples to the artist and how they can get “the art” to the people. I think all artists should be printmakers; it opens them up to a broad collector base, which is a key to "sustaining" an artistic lifestyle.

In addition to the twelve mini-residencies to local artists, once a year an artist in residence will receive a furnished apartment near downtown and the use of a large studio for 11 weeks as well as an opportunity to exhibit their work in the gallery at the end of their stay. The residency is designed to provide the artist an inspiring and supportive environment for individual and /or collaborative new work.

The Space Invader Artist in Residence Program is intended to foster artistic development and support arts education in the Crossroads Arts District of downtown Kansas City.

Add your comments... Post a review here!
Just as an artist draws up plans or studies of a final piece, each week that I continue this process I seek to gain constructive criticism and commentary from you, my peers. That being said, I welcome any and all feedback you have about the food you purchased and tasted.

Thank you again for your support, I look forward to your comments and ongoing participation in this project. Please feel free to pass the word to your friends.