Joseph Kosuth, in “Art and Its Public” defined an artist community as “…a community of artists who collectively, through individual effort, define what is meaningful at a particular historical moment concretely within the practice of their activity.” And comedian Stephen Fry, while viciously ripping into a head of lettuce, asks why making a salad (with no other motive other than love!) (and a decent desire!) is so frustratingly futile. A number of artists and writers were invited to address the question: is there such a thing as an artist community? Do they feel a part of one? What constitutes it? What would it mean to be able to collectively define meaning today, in a diverse and ever-changing art world?
Insert Press in collaboration with MATERIAL, an artist-run journal publishing and supporting the artist’s voice, has collected the responses to this question and created a publication of these texts that begin to describe our ‘particular moment.’ With cover design and screenprinting by Maggie White Lomeli and Insert Press, and interior layout design & typesetting by Daniel Lucas, The Futility of Making Salad features texts by the following artists: Harold Abramowitz , Stan Apps, Marcus Civin, Ginny Cook, Dorit Cypis, Robin Dicker, Bradney Evans, Nicholas Grider, Dan Hockenson, Peter Kirby, Elana Mann, Melanie Nakaue , Julie Orser, Adam Overton, Putting On Declan Rooney, Kim Schoen, Charlotte Smith, Jesper List Thomsen, Mathew Timmons, Jason Underhill.