I have a new art form I am doing now, and have been for years. I just haven’t thought of putting it in an art frame with a meaning until now.
What is Take Away Art, you ask? It is drawings I do on take out boxes from restaurants.
As I said, I have been doing this for years after dinner waiting for the wait staff to run the credit cards, or the friendly conversation to wrap up. I even have friends who “demand” I draw on their take out boxes before we leave.
The box tops are decorated, the food is (usually) consumed the next day, then the boxes/original art is thrown away as intended by the manufacturer. The cellphone camera photo becomes the representational work of art.
What is the meaning I as an artist give to these photos? Well, I’m glad you asked!
The drawings themselves are meaningless.
It is more about the idea that these take away boxes are a waste.
They are filled with leftover food, which sometimes does not get eaten, which is a waste.
They are mostly non-recyclable, which is another waste.
In this modern, struggling world, there are a lot of “things” we use everyday that are wasteful without even being thought about before, or after they are thrown out.
It is also about the technology of today being so accessible that anyone can use it. Technology is moving so fast in the digital field, especially cellphones, that the phone/camera I use is already outdated, wasted, just like the boxes themselves.
Here is my first piece. It is titled, “Chicken Fried Steak 1/8/11.”
Conquistador and Enjoy!