2004, 08:00 minutes, colour, English
Eating Regular , commissioned by Trinity Square Video in conjunction with the EAT residency , is a videotape about eating as ritual , performance , and habit.
This videotape essays 'regular' or plain eaters , and how they may or may not adapt to social mores and expectations. Eating Regular references modernism , in its deployment of my own rather mathematical Photoshop drawings , its original soundtrack, and its portrait of the artist as a solitary man. Art is social , when exhibited or performed. But many artists themselves , and also a great deal of art-making , are not social. Eating Regular focuses on wallpaper -its consistency and its dissonant undertones. This tape also highlights balances and tensions between digital landscapes and analogue leftovers. Eating Regular riffs on history , how artists and indeed humans , like so many other animals , are incessantly digesting and regurgitating their own histories.
Eating Regular is divided into seven monologues. Two of them contain no video-source material, and all the others frame video self-documentation against both my original Photoshop drawings and resized bitmap computer screen backdrops.
This videotape could be encapsulated as also pertaining to structural tensions between foregrounds and backgrounds - how backgrounds are always threatening to push their way through to the front. Eating Regular's sixth sequence revisits a mock-commercial that I originally made in 1983 , a work created specifically for an art exhibition with a better modern living theme. Histories are not only re-consumed , but also re-framed - not unlike food.
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