Dinner For Two: Rachel Lee Hovnanian

Cool art installation at the Armory show 2013, Dinner for Two by Rachel Lee HovnanianCool art installation at the Armory show 2013, Dinner for Two by Rachel Lee HovnanianCool art installation at the Armory show 2013, Dinner for Two by Rachel Lee Hovnanian

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One of the crowd-pleasers at this year’s Armory Show was the mixed media installation Dinner for Two by Rachel Lee Hovnanian; an elegantly set 16-foot table with a multi-tiered (wedding?) cake standing tall in its center while a holographic-looking mouse nibbles away at it. At each end of the table is an LCD screen with a three-minute looped video of a couple, the man on one end and the woman at the other. Their eyes never seem to meet as they look down and around while the familiar sounds of texts and ringing cell phones are heard relentlessly. Hovnanian comments on the piece (via artinfo):

“We’ve forgotten what is real. Fast food chains replaced cafes; children think a package of pink powder mixed with water is real lemonade made with freshly squeezed pink lemons. We think we have 1,000 real friends on Facebook. We are sucked into our screens and can’t find the time to separate from technology. Only when the power is down, or if we are visiting a remote place with no wireless, can we take a break.”

Perfectly demonstrated.

Photos: Collabcubed; bottom courtesy of the artist.

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