Flavor Profile was a group exhibition curated by Meg Hahn at Border Patrol (Portland, ME). The show featured works by Jarid del Deo (ME), Ruby Jackson (NJ), Dustin Metz (CA), Cat Quattrociocchi (ME), B. Quinn (IL), and Kemar Wynter (NY). The works displayed use food as their source, directly and indirectly, as representational and abstract forms. On occasion of the exhibition, Border Patrol produced Flavor Profile Cookbook, a publication that included original writing, recipes, and artworks by participating artists. Flavor Profile Cookbook is an edition of 65, Risograph printed by Wing Club Press.
Border Patrol also hosted a reading with B. Quinn at Wild Burritos on occasion of the closing. B.Quinn read from her text-based work, 116 Actions in 24 Hours with a Purple Cabbage in Johnson, Vermont, which was included in the exhibition. We also screened the short film, Food by Jan Švankmajer on the restaurant's television during the event.
More information about the exhibition can be found here.
A review of the exhibition can be found here.
Food involves labor. It is a material and an object whose combinations can create a composition. It can be elevated in its presentation and used to mediate borders. Food represents and measures the cycles of life, from germination, to fruit, and eventual decay. Its presence can be humorous, sentimental, and deeply reactive. The artists in Flavor Profile embody these ideas by demonstrating food’s universal humanist understanding, reflecting our own idiosyncrasies, culture, and histories. Using food as its source, both directly and indirectly, each artist’s contributions create an overarching show, or meal.
--Meg Hahn, January 2019
Photos by Joel Tsui