Feeder 2, by Nayland Blake, 1998

Nayland Blake Feeder 2, 1998

Medium: Gingerbread, metal frame
Dimensions: 84 x 120 x 84 in. (213.4 x 304.8 x 213.4 cm)
Credit Line: Collection of Gwen and Peter Norton. With support from Platine Bakery, Los Angeles, and Capitol Distribution Company. Image courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery

This one-room cottage built of gingerbread tiles mounted on a steel frame evokes fairy tales in which such sweetness is used to seduce, but as we know from Hansel and Gretel, the dark house could easily be a trap. Feeder 2 feels, too, like the remnant of a stage set, suggesting past action and absent bodies, relationships that vacillate between seduction and control, release and entrapment.

 

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"Feeder 2." Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2017. https://​hammer.ucla.edu/​take-it-or-leave-it/​art/​feeder-2/​.