Karla Diaz has published Prison Gourmet. This is a recipe cookbook and documentation of performances in which she makes prison recipes that were sent to her by inmates from California. These alternative recipes are often notable expressions of freedom, collaboration, comradeship and creative ways of food consumption. An activist, artist and writer, Diaz uses the form of a cooking book to invite readers and the public to engage. These books are limited edition, and are for sale printed on demand. For more info please emails us at: info@slanguagestudio.com

 
Please join us to celebrate Slanguage’s 10-year anniversary at LAXART this weekend! There will be a free art exhibition tour by Slanguage artists, an art workshop, and food at LAXART from 11am – 2:30pm.
 
If transportation is needed, a bus will pick up community members this Saturday, July 21 between 9:30-10:15am at the studio and it will return by 3pm. IMPORTANT: Please RSVP to Karla Diaz at info@slanguagestudio.com by this Friday as there is limited bus seating.
 
Many thanks to the LA City Council District 15, Joe Buscaino, and Adrian Veliz for all their support!
 
TO VOTE: Bring your CA or school ID. Also, you need an email address. We can help with this if you don’t, but it’ll be helpful if you do.
 
See you there!
 

Slanguage has been holding down the fort at Co/Lab, located at the art fair Art Platform, this weekend. Here are some photos from opening night during a special performance, Prison Gourmet.
 
Please stop by + say hello!
 
LA Mart, concourse level
1933 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90007

 
General Admission:
Saturday, Oct 1 • 11AM – 6PM
Sunday, Oct 2 • 11AM – 6PM
Monday, Oct 3 • 11AM – 4PM
 
Tickets: Regular day pass $20 /  students $10
 

 

Here is a look back at a few recent events with Slanguage and our comrades.

Prison Gourmet: Eat at LACMA  was a  great event representing prisoner recipes. Spreads and unique ways of creating prison food is must for prisoners all over the CDCR system and beyond. We wanted to replicate some of the recipes that inmates eat on a daily basis, the exhibition was a success and we even ran out of food!

Karla Diaz and Tony Lopez are preparing “Prison Gourmet” recipes sent into Slanguage by friends and family who are currently serving prison sentences in the California State and Federal Prison Systems. These recipes show a great deal of imagination,resiliance and resistance by the men who sent them in

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What We Eat, Who We Are
This was a two-day art residency with teenagers at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA in the Fall of 2009. Led by Karla Diaz and assisted by Raul Vasquez, this workshops were inspired by Wayne Thiebaud’s exhibition.  Teenagers contemplated ideas about design, color and their historical importance as they learned to produce their own food-based  hat sculptures from recycled materials such as wrappers, napkins, and cardboard paper.  The teens examined  hidden, cultural histories through urban design in food products.
Photos by Michael Ano


Phantom Galleries LA, partnered with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, are pleased to present The Fortune Cookie Project, an installation by Los Angeles-based artist Christopher Reynolds.

A fortune cookie writer assumes the role of provider of thoughts, challenges, inspiration, and even humor — a role that an artist adopts in many occasions.  After posting an advertisement on Craigslist, Reynolds selected a diverse group of people to share stories about the impact of fortune cookies on their lives. They ultimately formed a community who ranged from couples and children to business owners and artists. In addition to taking portraits of his participants, Reynolds played the role of fortune writer and drafted each personʼs fortune based on their stories and personal history. The end result is a fortune that is both unique and generic — a familiar trait of the famous cookie. Once written, these nine new fortunes were mass-produced for distribution to the public to inspire an entirely new group of people. A larger, extended community consisting of the photographed subjects and fortune cookie eaters all become the projectʼs active participants rather than its observers.

The Fortune Cookie Project consists of nine large format photographs containing a fortune written below each subject. A large bowl of the artist-written fortune cookies are displayed in front of the nine images and are free to visitors.

The exhibition will be on view from February 13th through March 13th, 2010. Please contact the gallery for hours because they are subject to change. Private viewing is available by appointment.

For further information, images, or to make an appointment, please call: 949.887.4065 or email: crey01@aol.com.