||Sweet Tooth of the
Tiger has been archived as a project of Tracy Candido.
||Tracy is now taking
on a new project, Community Cooking Club, presently being
hosted by the Bruce High Quality Foundation University in Tribeca. Please
visit the website
for more info and to join us at the next event! Hope to see you there.
|A message from Tracy:
|After 2+ years of circulating
the participatory project Sweet Tooth of the Tiger in New
York City and Brooklyn at over 30 different art and culture venues, the
renegade bake sale will recognize its due temporality and come to a close.
|The project began as a way to carve out
a critical space for issues pertaining to the art world and to eating as
a social practice. My intent was two-pronged: to study the performativity
of privately preparing food with sugar as a key ingredient in a kitchen
and then publicly sharing the sugary food in a critical space, watching
as people ate together with emotions ranging from delight, torment, disgust,
and indifference. This intent was coupled with studying networks of power
in an art space while responding as an artist/student to a downtrodden economy.
I would take my baked goods, made alone in my kitchen, and offer them publicly
to gallery-goers at a 'suggested donation' from a bake sale table in an
exhibition space. This two year experiment became something different for
all parties included- for me, it was a way to have fun while examining how
people interact with each other over food. For others, it was a chance to
eat, to talk, to ask me what I was doing. Some thought the project was a
business, some understood that I was trying to merge theory with the art
of the everyday. The project functioned on many levels this way.
| As I met more acoustic guitar artists exploring
the practice of eating as a way to connect with artmaking and using food
as a resource to help fundraise for their creative practice, I began to
expand Sweet Tooth of the Tiger into a "residency," where other
artists could bake and hold a bake sale under the Sweet Tooth name in an
effort to financially support their practice. Many beginner acoustic guitar artists have participated
in this "residency," however the model I was hoping to establish
proved to be unsustainable and was built completely on the cooperation of
the artist, myself, and a supporting venue that would act as host for the
"resident's" bake sales. Cooperation is a tricky thing, and I
hope to continue exploring it as a concept in my future endeavors.
|For now, I plan to further
my relationship with food as a medium in art and have a schedule of upcoming
events that are not based around Sweet Tooth of the Tiger, but are still
challenging the politics of the art world, of the much buzzed about genre
of "social practice," and ideas pertaining to food and coffee as a community
binder, as a fundraising resource, and as a point of sensory information
in a creative space.
|I am also exploring issues in the art genre
currently being titled "social practice" as an editor on a blog
journal called 127
|Feel free to send me an email
with any thoughts, collaboration ideas, or questions. Looking forward to
seeing you soon!