Monday, January 19, 2009

Shark's fin, tiger penis, ... and yogurt

Oh my!

So I had grandiose plans yesterday that I could finish painting and gocco the backsides today. Well, at least I finished the painting part today. But that wasn't so difficult really, I'm amazed that it took so long.

So the 15 superfoods in my game are: banana, coffee, chocolate, walnuts, broccoli, avocado, blue green algae, soy, pomegranate, salmon, tiger's penis, shark's fin, yogurt, acai berries, green tea.

[A quick note, Tuesday morning: I'm not personally endorsing these as 'superfoods'. The game is about something quite the opposite—the game cards will detail the problems with many of these items, their environmental impact, the harvesting methods, the declining nutritional values, transportation, labor, etc. Of course, you don't have a way of knowing this, because it's all in my head and I haven't talked about it. But I don't want you all to think that I endorse people eating shark's fin or tiger's penises...]

I'm making 4 sets, so that's 60 little tiny painted cards (the game requires 2 sets, so I'm making double, in case something goes wrong, or they get lost, or whatever). They're not illustrated, just color-coded to indicate the food item. There will be text on the faces of the cards. So here are the cards representing tiger's penis, shark's fin, yogurt, and acai berries. I have yet to print the text...I've yet to WRITE the text, actually.

With the exception of the yogurt, which only had 2 coats of white over 2 coats of gesso, all the other cards had 4-6 coats of colors on top of 2 coats of gesso, which explains why they took so long, I suppose.


Linda said...

I don't want to offend you, but please don't propagate the "shark fin as superfood" myth. Eating shark fin is a very unaware and eco-devastating activity and promotes the overfishing and decimation of shark populations all over the world. Do some research, and I'll leave it at that.

I have loved your blog and gocco work in the past and hope to continue to enjoy it.

fingerstothebone said...

Hi Linda,

No offense taken. That's the point of the game actually -- that in our 'enthusiasm' to embrace the so-called superfoods, we're upsetting the balance of the natural world. Even things like bananas are being over-bred to the point where their nutritional values are in great decline. Or that the growth of soy causes deforestation in the Amazon forest. I guess I should've talked more about that in the blog so people don't misunderstand. But thanks for dropping me a note, and I hope you keep commenting and letting me know what you think.

Michael5000 said...

And I thought this was a family-friendly blog!

fingerstothebone said...

M5K -- but it is a family friendly blog. And this is how I know. We all get together once a week to work on this installation, and sometimes the other 3 need to bring their kids, all between 3-8. One time, as I was talking about my piece, I got stuck and said "uh, can I say that here?" But the other artists had no trouble showing their kids a picture of a pickled tiger's penis and telling them exactly what it was.

So I know it's family friendly alright.

But of course, google will probably block me.

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