THINK POTATO

Jeffrey Allen Price

THINK POTATO

Mixed media and installation

HOW DO YOU SAY POTATO?
The cultural diversity and polyglot population of Jamaica, Queens inspired a video project collecting the word potato spoken in different languages, dialects and accents. Throughout the duration of Jamaica Flux we are interviewing visitors on camera and documenting their responses to questions like “How do you say Potato?” “How do you sing Potato?” “How do you Scream Potato?” “What is your favorite Potato Dish (or recipe?).” Participants are also welcome to share any stories, observations, or experiences they might have about Potato. The reactions are being archived and edited into short films.

FLUX POTATO SHRINE
Another component of my Potato Project is FLUX POTATO SHRINE, a makeshift altar/shrine that includes actual potatoes, as well as potato-themed art and artifacts. There is life–in the form of living growing potatoes, and there is death—in the form of dried and decaying potatoes preserved from various potato actions and art works performed or created over the last 20 years. Visitors may choose to be filmed with one of the votives, or participate by adding their own potato offerings to the display. Votive Potato artifacts will continually be added to the shrine throughout the exhibition.

FLUX POTATO STAMP WORKSHOP
My project includes a workshop component demonstrating how to make Potato Stamps.

FLUX POTATO POTLUCK DINNER
This year marks the 20th anniversary of my THINK POTATO concept, which began as a Potato Potluck and performance in my backyard. To commemorate this landmark occasion I will be hosting a Potato Potluck dinner event for all Jamaica Flux artists, curators, friends, family and collaborators.

MODA
Installation of AbMODS and RUSTAGRAMS
Weathered and stained paper with dirt, rust and other natural elements.135 x 270 inches

STATEMENT ON ABMODS AND RUSTAGRAMS
My interest in harnessing chemical reactions onto paper led to a process I termed Rustography, whereby corroded found objects are configured to create oxidized patterns on wetted surfaces using my Wet Burning technique. The resulting RUSTAGRAMS take the form of mandalas, tablets and pictograms and evoke references to archaic writings or fossilized remains of forgotten civilizations.

Jeffrey Allen Price is an interdisciplinary artist and professor. 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.