untitled 2019 (five easy pieces) (from the offering series)
5 plastic food sweets, stainless steel plate
Edition of 12
18 x 30 x 4 cm (plate: 18 x 30 x 3 cm)
untitled 2019 ( five easy pieces ) (from the offering series) and untitled 2019 ( two or three things I know about her) (from the offering series) are forms an ongoing “offering series”, offering as in offerings to Buddha, monks. Each image of small sweets is chosen by Tiravanija on his trip to Japan. They are made by a plastic food craftsman who is turning 82 this year. We had made his first plastic food edition in 1999, “untitled, 1999 (young man if my wife makes it)” of a Pad Thai Tiravanija made at the gallery. In 2002 exhibition at Opera City Tokyo, “Raw and Cooked” included an installation of the plastic food and its making, The steel plates remind one of his previous large installations in chrome, reflecting the world around it. Tiravanija says he wanted to make something small, not large and heavy. The title comes from films. The work becomes something personal yet pop and open.
About the Artist
Rirkrit Tiravanija’s (b.1961, Buenos Aires, Argentina) work is focused on immaterial projects, ‘relational’ artwork and performance. His physical pieces are conceptual, imbued with his interests in propaganda, literature and the juxtaposition of multiple cultural contexts and he often makes use of humble materials. Selected museums exhibitions devoted to his work include Rirkrit Tiravanija: untitled 2012 (a study for Karl's perfect day) or (the incomparable Karl Holmqvist), Zuecca Gallery, Venice (2012); Rirkrit Tiravanija. Just Smile and Don’t Talk, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld (2010); Chew the Fat, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis (2009); magazin station no. 5, Artspace, Auckland (2008); Rirkrit Tiravanija: Less Oil More Courage, Fridericianum, Kassel (2009); Hugo Boss Prize 2004: Rirkrit Tiravanija, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tomorrow Is Another Fine Day, Serpentine Gallery, London; Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2005, 2004); untitled, 2002 (he promised), Secession, Vienna; untitled (oVERSTATION), Kunsthall Oslo (2001), and untitled, 2001 (Demo Station no. 1) Portikus, Frankfurt/Main (2001). Born in Buenos Aires, Tiravanija grew up in Thailand, Ethiopia and Canada. He lives and works in New York, Berlin and Chiang Mai.