In aid of the forthcoming Art Party film release that will be accompanied by live events across the UK on release date, 21 August 2014, I’ll be throwing a knees-up at Cornerhouse with a new participatory installation, Dirty Protest, accompanied by Charlotte O’Toole and Ben Grainger’s companion work, Squirtapalooza. As the saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words, so in order to plug our activities, a photo shoot seemed called for.
My approach for the art direction was inspired by Charlotte’s legendary icing and cake decorating skills, as head pastry chef for a range of eateries across Manchester, including Home Sweet Home, Lust, Liquor & Burn, and Almost Famous, aided by partner-in-buttercream Ben. The location was Fred Aldous studio, where resident photographer Elle Brotherhood has proved a willing and unflappable collaborator across multiple projects, and with whom I always enjoy yapping and snapping with.
My thanks to Charlotte and Ben for being such good sports, to Home Sweet Home for the delicious edible props and make-up, to Elle for not blinking when we began laying plastic sheeting across her studio floor and moaning in cake-related pleasure, and the behind-the-scenes kitchen staff who rushed fresh bowls of Bailey’s flavoured icing to us when we ran out due to attempting the first picture sitting up… whereupon our faces promptly slid to the floor! Lying down was a vast improvement. Theme in two words: Cake Facial.