In Review: Sweet & Sour Golem by Matthew Day Jackson

May 2011 London: The  audience participation in art reached a new level – an assembled throng ate an artist. The fashionably decrepit interior of 33 Portland Place – a house whose peeling rooms are now famous for starring in The King’s Speech – played host to a life-size sculpture, or golem, of the American Matthew Day Jackson that had been lovingly made in sponge cake in the south London bakery of the St John restaurant. It was consumed throughout the evening.

Day Jackson said: “I’m not really afraid of death. Do I want to die? No. But as you go through life you’re continually shedding bits of your self and hopefully you become a better person.”

The sweet golem has been consumed [above] but the second, a savoury variant made in brawn (calves’ feet and pig’s-head jelly packed with tripe, carrots, leeks and parsley) is in a sealed room [below 1st image]. Day Jackson is filming its rapid decomposition.


“I’d like it to dissolve into nothing,” he said. “That will be a shift, a change. But nothing really dies. It just changes.”


Matthew Day Jackson: Everything Leads to Another, Hauser & Wirth, London 

Images: Garage Magazine & Independent


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