April 18, 2011

Julie Green's Last Supper project

For the 2012 College Art Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles, I'm co-organizing ArtExchange, an open forum for sharing work that is free and open to the public. This year the exhibition will have it's own web page with links to the artists' websites. Participants, who must be members of CAA, apply for a table where they can exhibit prints, paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and small installations. Performance, sound, and spoken word are also welcome.

Interestingly, speaking of art for tabletops, in 1999 my ArtExchange co-organizer Julie Green began painting the final meal requests of death row prisoners on ceramic plates. This month her project was featured on The Artblog. Green is committed to making the plate paintings until capital punishment is abolished. She's made over 400 plates to date.


Julie Green ‘Florida 23 September 2008; Final meal request of two fried-chicken breasts, turkey sausage, fried rice, prison-made chocolate-chip cookies and Coca-Cola," painted ceramic.

Julie Green, "Texas 28 October 2008; Final meal request of a grilled cheeseburger, four fish patties, six hard boiled eggs and coffee," painted ceramic.

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Julie Green, "Virginia, 1 September 1999, Stay of execution, Ate what would have been his last meal of oven-fried chicken, rice pilaf, a cucumber and onion salad, and bread and margarine,"painted ceramic.


3 comments:

A project with haunting overtones at this time of the year--thank you for sharing this with us.

This work is absolutely amazing. I love the contrast of "traditional" art form with a very new and important subject matter. Such a vital message. It sucks the viewer in and then surprises them with the concept. Thank you for posting!

Yes, thank you for posting about this. It is an amazing project- works on so many different levels-food for the eyes, and food for thought- Very sad and very fascinating at the same time-