The BIG Potato

Saturday  24 September  2016  6:00 PM    Saturday  24 September  2016 9:00 PM
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We invite you to join us for "THE BIG POTATO"- the 20th Anniversary Edition of THINK POTATO FESTIVAL--THINK POTATO V. Opening with a Reception on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 from 6-9pm!

"The BIG Potato" is an invitational exhibition of New York artists about, of, with, inspired by, all things Potato! Our curator Jeffrey Allen Price is the founder of THINK POTATO, and has invited some of New York’s most talented artists to create new work with the theme of POTATO. One of the reasons he loves POTATO as a theme is its versatility and wide spectrum of meaning, from its importance as the most nutritious vegetable in the world, to its comedic vernacular usage (potato head, couch potato, etc). POTATO has been used to create an amazing array of foodstuffs, but also has been turned into alcohol, electricity, potato stamps, biodegradable packaging, and much more. Throughout the ages POTATO has been given tribute in songs, movies, jokes and of course, the visual arts. We are excited that THE BIG POTATO will continue in this tradition and inspire new creations.

Artists:
Anjipan
Chris Ann Ambery
Fran Beallor
Capucine Bourcart
Colleen Deery
John Drury
Myda El-Maghrabi
Juan Lopez Espantaleon
Wendy Foster
Beth Giacummo
Carrie Anne Gonzalez
Joan Harrison
Marc Isaacs
Edward Joseph
Lorena Kalaja
Susie Kelly
Bernard Klevickas
Fawn Krieger
Linda Louis
Barbara Lubliner
Lisa Mackie
David Nelinson
Frank Olt
Ryan Seslow
Stanko
Adam Taye
Gina Vigliarolo

"The BIG Potato" is an invitational exhibition of New York artists about, of, with, inspired by, all things Potato! Our curator Jeffrey Allen Price is the founder of THINK POTATO, and has invited some of New York’s most talented artists to create new work with the theme of POTATO. One of the reasons he loves POTATO as a theme is its versatility and wide spectrum of meaning, from its importance as the most nutritious vegetable in the world, to its comedic vernacular usage (potato head, couch potato, etc). POTATO has been used to create an amazing array of foodstuffs, but also has been turned into alcohol, electricity, potato stamps, biodegradable packaging, and much more. Throughout the ages POTATO has been given tribute in songs, movies, jokes and of course, the visual arts. We are excited that THE BIG POTATO will continue in this tradition and inspire new creations.

‘Think Potato,’ was born in 1996 out of a collection of spud memorabilia including such arcana as Mr. Potato Head toys, posters, paintings and potato chip containers. For Price, the potato is a vehicle for looking at the world through common habits like harvest, self-sufficiency and nutrition. He extrapolates these ideas to everything: art, spirituality, socio-political tropes and the joy of lightheartedness.

THINK POTATO Founder, co-founder of Cult of Potato, and Potatoist Jeffrey Allen Price, is an interdisciplinary artist and professor, and has been organizing events and festivals since 1996, the year he inaugurated his major semi-annual THINK POTATO Festival. Over the last 20 years his work has taken many forms including paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos, and performance art. He is known worldwide for his potato-themed art and for transforming materials like rust, dirty sponges, and eggshells into elaborate works of art.

The concept behind the THINK POTATO demonstrates how the potato connects with people from all cultures and has the ability to affect positive social change. For the artist, the potato represents “an egalitarian potential…a natural, humble symbol that unites humanity.” THINK POTATO is an opportunity to help make people aware of the wonderfully diverse aspects of the potato, not just as the most nutritious vegetable in the world, but also the interesting role it plays in art and culture. The potato has played a curious role throughout history and has made an indelible impact in popular culture. So many aspects of the potato have been found useful beyond its importance as a food source. The potato can be used to create ethyl alcohol for powering automobiles (and alcohol for consumption), it can be made into biodegradable tableware, can create electricity, and has even been grown in outer space.

We will also be hosting:
Potato Fest on Saturday, October 1, 2016- 12-4pm

The Potato Ball on Saturday, October 8, 2016- 7-10pm. Iformation on tickets is coming SOON!!!

POTATOTRON plays NICE Garage on Saturday, October 15, 2016 -7pm

Closing Artist Talk on Thursday, October 20, 2016- 7-9pm

Showing through October 21, 2016.

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