In 2005 Anya Gallaccio set out to make a portrait of a region, using the primary materials of the land: its soil and the fruit it bears. In an ambitious collaboration with Zelma Long, one of the first female winemakers in Napa in the 1970s, the two set out to produce a series of wines that would distil the essence of Sonoma County, California. Over the course of three years they developed and bottled six different Zinfandel wines.
The outcome of the project is a dialogue with a landscape in response to the wines. The aim is to release the wine from the bottle, and return it back to the earth. On the evening of the dinner each wine is paired with a short text by Rick Holland, and a single local ingredient is served by No67 to initiate an intimate group conversation.
Please note that the meal will contain meat and dairy products. Vegetarians and vegans are welcome to attend but the menu will be fixed and there will be no substitutions.
With special thanks to Thomas Dane Gallery.
Anya Gallaccio studied at the Kingston Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College, London, and often incorporates organic material in her work, such as fruit, vegetables, plants, ice and, more recently, sand. Often these materials change during the course of the exhibition; once they have left the artist's atelier nature takes control. Flowers wither, grass grows, ice melts, fruit rots.
Gaining early international recognition with her particiption in Damian Hirst's ‘Freeze’ exhibition, Anya has participated in countless international solo and group shows, such as at the Eastshire Museums, Kilmarnock, Camden Arts Centre, London, Sculpture Center, New York, Barbican Gallery, London, Palazzo delle Papesse, Italy, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, and Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany. In 2003 she was nominated for the Turner Prize. She is a Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego.
Rick Holland has been a regular collaborator since he started writing poems, and has worked with Brian Eno since 2002, releasing the album 'Drums Between the Bells' and EP 'Panic of Looking' in 2011. He also writes for theatre and performance, most recently co-creating 'Refugees of the Septic Heart', a collaboration with choreographer Tom Dale, Shackleton and digital artist Barrett Hodgson. His poetry seethes with honesty and reflects his own wish to read poetry that does not rely for reference on an in depth knowledge of any small or specialised world.