This week we will feature the commissioned film, 1846, that is included in the exhibition, Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity. Produced by The Drawing Center, elBullirestaurant, and the graphic design firm Mogollon, the film presents every dish that Adrià served at elBulli from 1987 to 2011.
Oli getting inspired. (at The Drawing Center)
Love that kids get Ferran’s show!
The Drawing Center and Artspace Celebrate Food and Art in a New Series of Print Portfolios by Ferran Adrià, Master Chef of elBulli
The Drawing Center, Artspace, and Ferran Adrià are proud to announce the launch of two new special limited edition print portfolios to coincide with the opening of Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity. Adrià has been recognized as one of the most important chefs in the world and over his 20 year career at elBulli in Spain he has single handedly changed the way we think about gastronomy and dining. A relentless innovator, Adria has used drawing and visualization as methods of communication and as foundational tools for creativity. The two print portfolios, Theory of Culinary Evolution (15 prints) and Pictograms (15 prints), illustrate Adria’s approach to gastronomy and relate to both his highly efficient and analytic approach to food as well as his more playful and humorous side.
SPECIAL OFFER: For a limited time only, patrons of The Drawing Center can receive 10% off Ferran Adria’s “Pictogram Series” and “Theory of Culinary Evolution” portfolios. Visit Artspace and enter FERRAN10 at checkout through January 24 to receive this exclusive offer. Individual prints are also available for $150 (unframed), but not at a discounted price.
Ferran Adria: Notes on Creativity opens at The Drawing Center on Saturday, January 25 and will be on view until February 28, 2014. For more information about the exhibition visit drawingcenter.org here.
Image: On left - Ferran Adrià, Theory of Culinary Evolution, 2013, Crayon, paint stick, and colored pencil on paper, one of sixty individual drawings, each: 11 11/16 x 8 1/4 inches. On right - Marta Mendez, Pictograms, 2001/2013, Archival pigment print on Hannemuhle paper. Fifteen prints, each: 12 x 12 inches. Both are courtesy of elBullifoundation.
FERRAN10 is valid on Artspace.com through 1/24/2014 11:59pm EST and will take 10% off orders of the following portfolios of the works “Pictogram Series” and “Theory of Culinary Evolution” by Ferran Adria through 1/24/2014 11:59pm EST. The 10% discount is applied by using code FERRAN10 at checkout. This offer does not include orders of individual prints by the same name, nor can it be redeemed for cash, used on past purchases, or applied to gift cards. Limit of one use per customer. It cannot be combined with any other promotional codes, sitewide sales events, or used through the Inspace Trade program. Return requests must be made in accordance with our return policy. This offer is non-transferrable. Terms of offer are subject to change at any time.
The Handwriting on the Wall: Authors’ Notes as Art
Microscripts by Robert Walser at the Drawing Center (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic…
In January The Drawing Center will highlight Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity the first major museum exhibition to focus on the visualization and drawing practices of the master chef.
Our exhibition runs January 24-February 28, 2014.
Please read on The New York Times piece on our show by clicking and scrolling on this link. Or see excerpt below:
FERRAN ADRIà’S FOOD CREATION(Excerpt from The New York Times)
"Olive oil caviar, pine cone mousse, asparagus beer and Parmesan snow are just a few concoctions created over 27 years by Ferran Adrià, the celebrated Spanish chef who ran El Bulli, that tiny restaurant on the Catalan coast, near Rosas, Spain, frequented by foodies from all over the world. It closed in 2011.
Fusing cooking with science — liquid nitrogen and alginates are common ingredients for Mr. Adrià — each of his thousands of dishes resembled edible still lifes, the sort of visual delights that would have been the envy of Surrealist masters like Magritte or Dalí.
“Since 1987, Ferran and his brother, Albert, used drawing as their lingua franca,” said Brett Littman, executive director of the Drawing Center in SoHo. “They were also religious archivists. Every scrap of paper that ever passed through anyone’s hand is in that archive.”
Such fastidiousness has been a bonanza for Mr. Littman, who spent about two years and countless trips to Mr. Adrià’s atelier and archive in Barcelona organizing a show called “Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity,” which runs Jan. 25 through Feb. 28.
On view will be everything from crayon drawings that chart the history of cooking to doodles, lists of ingredients, notebooks and documents recording menu developments. The exhibition will also include prototypes of utensils, menus and pictograms, some that illustrate the way he would first envision an idea on a plate before knowing what the actual dish would be.
“Instead of writing recipes like most chefs, Ferran begins by making drawings,” Mr. Littman said. He said he hopes the show will appeal to anyone in the arts interested in the creative process.
Also on view continuously will be a film called “1846” that illustrates every single dish Mr. Adrià made at El Bulli. “It’s food porn,” Mr. Littman said. “
IMAGE: Ferran Adrià, Plating Diagram. Ink on paper, 11x17 inches, Courtesy of elBullifoundation.
Installation shots from David Lynch Naming at Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Join The Drawing Center and PINTA NY for the book launch of Matias Duville: Alaska
published by The Drawing Center and edited by Brett Littman with texts by Mark Polizzotti, Wells Towers, and Robert Nelson
Friday, November 15th
10am - Noon
The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street between Broome and Grand
Artist will be present
On Matias Duville’s Alaska
This publication documenting Argentine artist Matias Duville’s Alaska project is the first significant American publication devoted to Duville’s work. Duville’s project began in 2008 when he started to produce prolific drawings of the U.S. state—a place he had never visited. The aim of his project lay not in the accurate evocation of Alaska, but in the rendering of the place as it existed in his imagination—through fantastical and often nightmarish vistas and desolate landscapes inhabited only by remnants of human existence. In 2009 Duville expanded this initial project, traveling to Alaska and back, allowing the observable reality he found there—and later his memory of it—to infi ltrate the fictional world he had created in his studio. Befitting the tripartite structure of Duville’s project, this publication is divided into three volumes. Each book presents respectively the charcoal and crayon drawings Duville produced in the three stages comprising his visionary enterprise: before Alaska, during Alaska, and after Alaska. The volumes also feature texts by Mark Polizzotti, Wells Towers, and Robert Nelson.
Also guests can preview the exhibitions: Drawing Time, Reading Time and Dickinson/Walser: Pencil Sketches.
The Drawing Center at PINTA NY
The Drawing Center will also be presenting a selection of Matias Duville’s drawings at PINTA NY at 82 Mercer Street. (Our Booth is P7, Second Floor.)
Please visit pinta-ny.com for more information about opening hours and location.
Images: Matias Duville: Alaska +
Matias Duville, Untitled. 2009. Charcoal on paper. 150cm. x 230cm.
Images from our upcoming Drawing Time, Reading Time exhibition curated by Claire Gilman. On view November 15th at The Drawing Cener.
Drawings by Billy Martin, percussionist, on hotel stationary.