Current and Past Exhibitions and Events

Tobias Fike and Matthew Harris ~ Food Fight

Exhibition Dates: 6 September 2013–26 October 2013

Opening Reception with the Artists: First Friday, 6 September 2013, 6–9 pm

Closing Reception with the Artists: Friday, 25 October 2013, 6–9 pm


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Collaborating since 2009, Tobias Fike and Matthew Harris have dragged each other across the desert, wrestled each other’s shadows, and tried to catch glass objects while blindfolded. They recently performed live for the opening of Denver’s Biennial of the Americas First Draft exhibition, where they tested the collision of beach balls at high speeds.

For VERTIGO Art Space they have transformed the space into a black box video installation to showcase a new project they have been working on throughout the year. Filmed off site, Fike and Harris individually crafted multi-course meals in separate kitchens and then served them to each other by throwing the food into the opponent’s workspace. Disruptive, regressive, playful, and passive aggressive, their actions blend together the patience of an adult with the curious spontaneity of a young child at mealtime. Installed in the gallery, the two large video projections face each other from opposite sides of the room. Appearing to interact with each other in real time, the food thrown from one side invisibly flies over the audiences’ heads and lands into the opposite screen. The viewers are simultaneously caught in the middle yet able to watch as Fike and Harris slowly undermine each other’s efforts to prepare a meal. The domestic space of each kitchen deteriorates from order to disorder as colorful foods smears across the counters, walls, and cabinets. Serving dishes are knocked off the counters and pickles land in house plants. When the food runs out, the scene slowly fades back to the beginning and the kitchens are magically reset, ready to endure all over again.

Food Fight production from Fike & Harris on Vimeo.

Press Coverage

Read a review of this exhibition by Theresa Anderson.

Listen to The Matthew Harris and Tobias Fike Interview by hosts Erik Isaac and Michael Keen on The Untitled Art Show.

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