Zhou Yan Contemporary Chinese Art Archive 周彦当代中国艺术档案

 

Title

Bread 面包

Creator(s)

Dong SONG 宋冬

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Date

1994

Format

Photograph

Materials

Bread, marker

Dimensions

Dimensions variable

Description

Upon a loaf of bread, of which looks somewhat compressed, Song made a few notes with black markers. Some of the notes are more legible and comprehensible than others. On the loaf's top, a date (1994.10.24) and a place (somewhere in Beijing -- specific location illegible); next to the mark on time and space, it notes "procured in Beijing". This composite of information may indicate the bread loaf's "provenance" -- where and when it was purchased. Under the procurement notes, another date was registered: 1994.11.15; but less associations with date was given or could be deduced. Besides the second date, the artist's name was inscribed. And in the following lines some miscellaneous information was recorded: places, weather conditions, temperature, etc. This work may play as a precursor to a larger, food-based installation series " Eating Cities series" in 2017. The message of the urban "construction and demolition" conveyed by the later art series might already find its roots in "Bread" all the way back in 1994. (China Daily, Edible model buildings in Shanghai reflect on urban life, 2017, available on https://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-02/08/content_28136411_7.htm) (Jerry Wu'23).

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