Sweet transformations, as art
January 3, 2013 4:12 AM   Subscribe

Created by using real toffee.
posted by Brandon Blatcher (31 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
WELL SOMEONE'S GOING TO HAVE TO CLEAR THIS ALL UP WHEN YOU'RE DONE AND IT'S NOT ME!
posted by MuffinMan at 4:17 AM on January 3, 2013 [11 favorites]


Obviously, this artist has no children.
posted by three blind mice at 4:25 AM on January 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


Like the concept but shouldn't all that toffee fall down into my mouth instead of falling to the floor?
posted by Foci for Analysis at 4:27 AM on January 3, 2013 [7 favorites]


WELL SOMEONE'S GOING TO HAVE TO CLEAR THIS ALL UP WHEN YOU'RE DONE AND IT'S NOT ME!

I had a similar thought looking at the pictures; also, reminded me of the (extremely) slow-motion version. The resulting forms are cool-looking, though. Sort of like a 3 dimensional Pollock.
posted by TedW at 4:28 AM on January 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


I want to put my face in it.
posted by fight or flight at 4:29 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


I wondered about the clean up also and how they keep bugs away. Still, the colors and shows are mesmerizing, along with the uniqueness of each piece, even when they're similar. There's a soft and lazy sensuality to the way the toffee falls not only to the ground, but also when it's folding into itself.

The realization that the materials are simple is a nice reminder that art and beauty are everywhere, if you look.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:31 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Mmmm toffee.
posted by Sailormom at 4:52 AM on January 3, 2013


Came in here to mention the Pitch Drop Experiment.
posted by DU at 4:52 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's just awesome!

Toffee cleans up pretty easily with water, much more easily than it seems like it should, but it's only sugar.
posted by OmieWise at 4:55 AM on January 3, 2013


The realization that the materials are simple

There is nothing simple about the combination of butter and sugar Brandon Blatcher. The trick is how she controls the temperature. Making candy isn't difficult, but it isn't easy either and what must be carefully done on the stove-top must have been a real challenge in that configuration.
posted by three blind mice at 4:57 AM on January 3, 2013


Came in here to mention the Pitch Drop Experiment

Had same thought. Link: pitch-drop experiment.
posted by beagle at 4:59 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Whatever the critics say, ants will love it.
posted by colie at 5:22 AM on January 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


I feel some kind of pendulum arrangement might drape the stuff interestingly.
posted by Segundus at 5:23 AM on January 3, 2013


If I were there, the words "Eat it, just eat it, eat it" would overwhelm my brain and thus end her installation.
posted by marienbad at 5:26 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hello Skye, I'm your dad's cousin.
posted by odinsdream at 5:29 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Mmmm art toffee.
posted by mattoxic at 5:32 AM on January 3, 2013


I wondered about the clean up also and how they keep bugs away.

I wondered too about the bugs. This one must have died happy.
posted by orme at 6:12 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Very artisticky.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 6:53 AM on January 3, 2013 [3 favorites]


I hate it. I've never been so disgusted. My skin is crawling and I'm starting to cry. Why is this so gross
posted by MangyCarface at 7:19 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's great, Egon, somebody blows their nose and you wanna keep it...
posted by Jon_Evil at 7:30 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


I bet that room smells rull rull good.
posted by fancyoats at 7:30 AM on January 3, 2013


"a waterfall of diabetes"
posted by growabrain at 8:06 AM on January 3, 2013


I don't think the combination of sugar and butter is as complicated as three blind mice implies, but I do wonder how she managed the installation. Hot plates? Stove in the other room?
posted by maryr at 8:54 AM on January 3, 2013


It's interesting, to me, how many people mention eating the toffee. I never would have considered that, in this context.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:54 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


omg, I just saw one of her pieces on the subway platform near my house...oh wait, that was gum.
posted by sexyrobot at 10:10 AM on January 3, 2013


I don't think the combination of sugar and butter is as complicated as three blind mice implies, but I do wonder how she managed the installation.

Given how much sticky snack stuff the western world consumes, I'd imagine the automated industrial technology for this kind of thing is pretty mature. Her entire oeuvre would be five minutes' run-off for Cadbury's.
posted by colie at 10:46 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Do you want ants? etc
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 10:50 AM on January 3, 2013


Brandon Blatcher: It's interesting, to me, how many people mention eating the toffee. I never would have considered that, in this context.
Some of us never got to the context before excess salivation started.

Mmm, toffee.
posted by IAmBroom at 11:18 AM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


It all looks like a damn mess except the flower looking one.

A mess I will happily consume, except for the portion touching the floor.

Maybe the portion touching the floor.

posted by Malice at 12:11 PM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Five second rule!
posted by arcticseal at 6:47 PM on January 3, 2013


I thought the paternal cousin's commentary was great: "so creative!"
posted by Ogre Lawless at 11:09 AM on January 6, 2013


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