Dinner For 24 Animals
Four hand-painted ceramic plates, wooden box, acrylic and oil
Each plate measures 32 x 32 x 2,7 cm and is signed and numbered on the verso side, the box measures 40 × 40 × 27 cm
Unique work in a series of 24 variations, signed by the artist
about this work
This edition is a handpainted box which holds four handpainted ceramic plates that were used during a dinner organised in the private upstairs rooms of Party’s Brussels gallery Xavier Hufkens. This Dinner For 24 Animals is part of a series of gallery dinners that have also taken place in Party’s galleries in Glasgow and New York. Playing on the idea of the post–opening reception dinner, Party started these dinners as an extention to the tradition of sharing food whilst making decisions, a tradition that is described in the bible but also plays in today’s political G7 meetings for example. Party sees these dinners as artist dinners, for which he designs all of the elements (the tables, the chairs, the plates, and the way the food is served) as if they were props for a theatre set, making all participants like actors with a role in a play.
Please note that this box is made to order – with a production time of 6 to 8 weeks.
about Nicolas Party
Nicolas Party works across a wide range of different media. Primarily known for his colour-saturated paintings and murals, he also makes painted sculptures, pastels, installations, prints and drawings, and works as a curator. Party often paints portraits and still lifes of everyday objects, which he strips of all extraneous detail. Rather than creating faithful depictions from nature, he uses these seemingly innocuous subjects as springboards for an exploration into the art of painting itself. His concerns lie, therefore, less in the accurate depiction of nature, and more in its translation and transformation through colour, materials and composition.
The challenge is to capture the essence of these subjects in new and revelatory ways, and in so doing to heighten their physical and emotional resonance. Clear forms, painterly precision, a vibrant colour palette and a keen eye for composition coalesce into works that are accessible and seductive but, at the same time, continue a long-standing art-historical dialogue between representation and abstraction, and observation and the imagination. Party is also interested in the power of paint to alter our perception of the built environment and, within a gallery context, how we experience art. To this end, he regularly paints murals, either as stand-alone works or as carefully orchestrated settings for his paintings.
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