AVM Curiosities has delved into the aromatic world of spice to create a series of art prints, made exclusively for Alchemy at the Southbank Centre (15 – 25 May). Fusing the contemporary with the traditional, the pattern will be made using an antique Indian woodblock carving, while the paint will be created from spices using AVM's brand new pigment recipe. Each print will also be paired with a background story: painting a picture of where that spice came from and bringing a new context to both the image and the aroma.
Plants and natural dyes have been used as pigments for thousands of years; from rhubarb and iron in medieval German manuscripts, to turmeric and charcoal on ancient Indian scrolls. From the brightest cumin and its explosion of vivid yellows, to the deep cadmium red of saffron and paprika, Aromatic Art explores the creative potential of this rich natural pallet of colours, flavours and sensations.
Alongside the exhibition there will also be a number of private viewings where visitors can gain further insight into the idea, inspiration and process of creating the art works. More information to follow…
Aromatic Art: The Spice Print Edition | World of Zing Bar & Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX | 15-25 May 2015 (12pm-9pm) | Free Entry
‘Fashion is a big bubble, and sometimes I feel like popping it.' - Alexander McQueen
As part of the Alexander McQueen Friday Late at the V&A, AVM Curiosities present London’s first completely edible bubbles. The interactive installation takes a murky black liquid, and transforms it into beautiful orbs of light. The tension between beauty and the grotesque is explored as the black bubbles float freely around the space only to be ravenously consumed by the viewer.
In celebration of McQueen’s legacy the piece is both silly and cerebral: a comment on the dark undercurrents of his life and work, and yet also, more poignantly, a proclamation of creativity, nostalgia and fun.
Obsidian Air by AVM Curiosities | Spectacle of the Species: Friday Late | Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL | 27th March 2015 | 6.30-10pm | FREE ENTRY.
Event Photos: Paul Singer
Istanbul Design Biennial
In combining the overlooked art of sugar sculpture with traditional Turkish carpentry, AVM Curiosities’ installation for the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial challenges our perceptions of the edible world around us, engaging our intellects and senses in a new consideration of food culture.
The inspiration for the installation refers to a quote by Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi; ‘This sea of sugar knows no shore, no boundary’. In keeping with the spiritual nature of the source, the work will have an almost altar like quality to it, with the sugar patterns radiating like waves and rosewater scented air being a reference to ritual purification, and the scent’s association with the prophet Muhammad.
This Sea of Sugar Knows No Bounds is at the Galata Greek School, Kemeralti, Cad No. 49, 34425 Galata, Beyoglu, Istanbul | From 1 November – 14 December 2014.
We’ll take you on a journey to a period predating the Cosmopolitan. A time before the birth of the Martini. To an era older than an Old Fashioned. BC (Before Cocktails) explores the pre-history of the modern blended drink featuring unusual artefacts, edible curiosities, entertaining anecdotes and historically inspired blended drinks that influenced the modern cocktails we know today. Produced by AVM Curiosities in the WORLD CLASS™ Hub, BC (Before Cocktails) is equal parts edible museum, exhibition and bar experience.
BC (Before Cocktails) | Diageo World Class Cocktail Championships | 30 July 2014.
Thames SENSEation is a multi-sensory festival designed by the award winning House of Gastrophonic, giving Londoners and visitors alike the chance to experience a sensory history of the River Thames via touch, sight, aroma, sound and taste.
For this year's celebrations, AVM Curiosities created ‘A Glutton’s Guide to the Thames’, a historically inspired lecture and canapé menu, which complimented the sensory experience of the Time Tunnel by stopping off at an Elizabethan, Victorian, and Mid-20th Century Thames.
A Glutton's Guide to the Thames | Thames SENSEation | 6 & 7 September 2014.
To celebrate the launch of Wedgwood's 'Taste of History' range of teas, AVM created a new dessert tasting menu to be enjoyed exclusively at the launch on May 14th.
This is the first time Wedgwood have released an edible product and we're thrilled to be able to pair their latest creations with historical adaptations inspired by the flavours and themes behind each tea.
Wedgwood Taste of History | 14 May 2014 | To view the full menu please click hereor pop over to Foodepedia to read more about the launch.
Experience the tastes and smells of Elizabethan food with Tasha Marks of AVM Curiosities. As part of the V&A's Shakespeare Season, this interactive lecture will allow you to sample popular sweets and spices from 16th and early 17th centuries, as well as original AVM creations such as Macbeth Marchpane.
Marchpane to Mutton: A Taste of Shakespeare's Time | V&A Museum | 4 May 2014 | version of this lecture will also be performed at Wilderness Festival 2014 at part of the V&A's residency.
For the newly re-launched Fashion Space Gallery, AVM Curiosities present The Edible Archive - showcasing exclusive creations including Monochrome Chocolate Cameos and Edible Lace. The tension between the protective nature of the archive and the carnal aspects of eating will be tested as the guests delicately explore the pristine display before eventually consuming it, leaving no trace.
The Edible Archive | Fashion Space Gallery | 28 March 2014 | A short film of this event is available to view here, while a full feature will soon be available on the Fashion Space Gallery website...
From building sandcastles on the beach to the first time we looked up to see a great urban structure towering above us, architecture can be a powerfully evocative sensory experience. Inspired by the Royal Academy's Sensing Spaces exhibition AVM Curiosities present 'Architextures' - an edible exploration of the nostalgic and mnemonic power of the textures of our urban experience.
Join us on February 21st for the RA's Friday Night Late, where alongside edible sandcastles, chocolate marble and freshly-baked bread essence, there will be a variety of sensory entertainment hosted by the RA.
Architextures | Royal Academy of Art, London | 21 February 2014
We are pleased to announce that AVM Curiosities have been selected as one of Selfridges’ Bright Young Things 2013! Launching on 31st August, AVM present the ‘Edible Cabinet of Curiosity’, an installation that celebrates our central themes of food, art and history. Along with this window display on Oxford Street, there will be a specially designed t-shirt and a selection of limited edition confectionery, available exclusively in the Concept Store until Janurary 2014.
Bright Young Things | Selfridges Oxford Street | Autumn 2013 | Window installation kindly supported by the Museum of Curiosity and Farley Prop Hire.
As part of the London Design Festival, AVM Curiosities present Food and art through the ages & Playing with your food.
The event series explores the history and materiality of food as an artistic medium; starting with 16th century sugar sculpture and venturing all the way up to 3D dessert printing and beyond. This exploration into the realms of dessert as spectacle includes accompanying edible examples to illustrate and enhance the historic subject.
Food as Artistic Medium: Event Series | London Design Festival at the V&A | 16 - 17 September 2013 | Supported by Grey Goose Iconoclasts of Taste.
As part of the Iconoclasts of Taste project, AVM Curiosities present The Ophelia; a limited edition cocktail made in collaboration with Grey Goose's Oli Blackburn and the Gilbert Scott.
The Ophelia is a liquid lament on Ophelia's last lines in Hamlet where the character rants and raves about the flowers before her watery demise. In keeping with the tragic tale, the cocktail has floral notes mixed with classic orchard fruits, and comes complete with an edible cocktail card in the form of Millais's famous rendition of the subject.
The Ophelia is available to order at The Gilbert Scott, Kings Cross, from 16th - 25th September 2013.
AVM Curiosities are proud to announce their first solo show at Herrick Gallery, London. Ambergris is an olfactory and edible exploration of one of nature’s most curious scents. This aromatic artefact has been used in everything from Indian ink to aphrodisiacs, and everywhere from Ancient Egypt to 21st century Paris.
Join AVM Curiosities at Herrick Gallery this June for an introduction to this oceanic enigma, through a collection of historical objects, contemporary photography and edible curiosities. Think the Wellcome Collection but lickable…
Ambergris | Herrick Gallery, London | 14 June - 4 July 2013 | With thanks to Christopher Kemp, whose book 'Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris' was a key factual resource for this exhibition.
Taking an established art form and turning it on its head, the Edible Print Project bypasses the conventional canon in place of transience and temporality. Working with 8 contemporary artists to produce a limited run of 25 edible prints, we have created a collection inspired by the themes of feasting and decay, the ethereal and the bodily.
The Edible Print Project exists in two halves; starting with a display at the Art Car Boot Fair in association with Herrick Gallery, and followed by an exhibition at The House Gallery as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival.
For more information on the artists and organisations involved please click here to view the full press release.
In collaboration with The Curious Confectioner and Conjurer's Kitchen, AVM Curiosities present The Edible Vanitas Case.
Memento Mori is a thematic showcase of historical relics and contemporary artworks, exploring the eternal subjects of life, death, and time. Crafted from transient materials, The Edible Vanitas Case is a celebration of these universal inspirations.
Alongside artists including Jake & Dinos Chapman, Nancy Fouts and Butch Anthony, the work will be displayed for the duration of the show, but uniquely consumed on the final day. A print of the piece will also be available for purchase at the gallery.
The Edible Vanitas Case | Memento Mori | Pertwee, Anderson & Gold | 17 May - 14 June 2013.
Explore sweeter side of religion this Easter at Sacred Tarts, a one day cake show inspired by biblical iconography and created by some of the country’s most imaginative bakers and experimental food makers.
Join us at this most ecclesiastical of emporiums for edible relics, choral singing and a Miracle Messiah cocktail bar. Plus, AVM will have limited edition edibles on sale including; Christ Cameos, Biblical Chocolate (The Last Supper Edition) and Edible Stained Glass.
Sacred Tarts | Barts Pathology Museum | 30 March 2013
The history of London as a culinary capital has not always been so sweet; alongside our edible elite we have a chronicle of counterfeit confectionery and falsified foodstuffs. From children’s sweets dyed with copper, to wine sweetened with lead, our approach to food has always been experimental to say the least.
In this exclusive event for House of Wolf, AVM Curiosities present an alternative history of London’s fraudulent food. Uncover the secrets of the sweet shoppe as we venture back to the 1800s with Food Historian Tasha Marks, and experience first-hand the sensational nature of sweets with your own bag of edible marvels.
Toxic Treats: A Dark History of Britain's Sweets | 7 March 2013 | With thanks to Bee Wilson, whose book 'Swindled: The Dark History of the Food Cheats' was a key factual resource for this project.