Yonks ago a British satirical magazine called Private Eye used to run a column called Pseuds Corner, celebrating the very best in the pretentious. This exhibit called “Tales Without Grounds” at the BUIA Gallery in New York, would qualify for that corner.
The work revolves around a hydroponic lettuce cultivation complex in which the artist, Eve K Tremblay, has posited her cast of characters. In this situation, the lettuce is used as a transitional object, via the thinking of Winnicott, and therefore as an in-between entity upon which the characters project their desires, emotions, needs, and potentially even their neuroses. In this way, the lettuce is used as an object through which to mediate the surrounding world. In this way, the characters at hand play, contemplate, and exist within and around the hydroponic lettuce cultivation complex ultimately to discover themselves.
Lettuce pray the show is a great success.
– Fenton Bailey
[Ed note: We’re thinking why not make a day of it. Spend the afternoon browsing the lettuce show at the BUIA, go to dinner – you’ll fancy a salad – then find a cinema playing Drawing Restraint 9.]