Edible Albany!

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Look-- a tiny little edible Lark St.

We wandered over to Crisan this afternoon to talk with baker/artist Claudia Crisan-Calabria about her upcoming edible art lecture at "New York in Bloom" -- and look what we found. A tiny little edible Lark Street.

What's it all about?

Edible Albany is a collaboration between Crisan and Albany artist Ken Ragsdale, who is known for his 3-dimensional art built from paper. For this project Ken switched to rice paper.

Most of Ken's work deals with memory, and transience. According to his artist's statement on Edible Albany, working with edible materials opens up new possibilities because it changes the viewers experience:

The disintegration can be allowed to happen in it's own time. Or one can contribute, and by eating it, speed up the process. In either case, the only change in the outcome would be the extent of time in which the image can be viewed. Eating the work will alter the memory of what existed, and change the content of information connected to the collective experience.

Edible Albany will be part of Claudia Crisan-Calabria's lecture at the NY State Museum's "NY in Bloom" exhibit (Sunday at 1pm). Crisan is an international expert on the subject of edible art. She'll be talking about how edible art alters the art experience.

She'll also have samples of some of her own edible flowers and jewelry to admire and taste.

If you can't make the lecture, you can still see Ken Ragsdale's Edible Albany exhibit. It'll be in the gelato case at Crisan for the next couple of weeks. And before long you may be able to nibble on some of it yourself. They've been talking with Ken about creating pieces to add to their cakes, or piping some kind of yummy filling into those tiny little cars. Yum.


oh yes, i was having coffee with friends at crisan yesterday while ken was in there setting up. i've seen his work before and it's pretty amazing. i figured it was going up for march's 1st Friday, i had no idea it was part of claudia's lecture at the museum. cool.

But where are all of the tiny edible drunk college students?

I thought I heard that Crisan closed?

Nope. They took a little vacation after the holidays, but they're back.

Genius, pure Genius

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