Tibi Tibi Neuspiel’s strange sandwiches

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Processed Cheese Maps on Toast (China USA Europe), 2010. Oil paint, pigmented beeswax.

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Processed Cheese Maps on Toast (China USA Europe), 2010. Oil paint, pigmented beeswax.

TIbi Tibi Neuspiel, Assassination Sandwiches: Lincoln/Booth, 2009. Oil paint, wax, pigment.

TIbi Tibi Neuspiel, Assassination Sandwiches: Lincoln/Booth, 2009. Oil paint, wax, pigment.

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Assassination Sandwiches: Caesar/Brutus, 2009. Oil paint, wax, pigment, plastic.

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Assassination Sandwiches: Caesar/Brutus, 2009. Oil paint, wax, pigment, plastic.

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, OJ Sandwich, 2010. Oil paint, beeswax, paint, paper, steel, wood, leather.

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, OJ Sandwich, 2010. Oil paint, beeswax, paint, paper, steel, wood, leather.

For just the right dose of absurd imagery and weird humor for the end of the week, I give you the work of Toronto-based artist Tibi Tibi Neuspiel. Although obviously begging for some sort of socio-political interpretation, his subversive sandwiches remind me of the sort of strange curiosity you would come across in a second-rate tourist museum of curiosities on the side of a highway, alongside a Nixon-shaped eggplant or a perogie with the face of Jesus on it. And I mean that in a good way.

The reason those junky tourist traps are able to stay afloat is the undeniable appeal of their deliciously curious fare, presented in a graphic and eye-catching manner.  Tibi Tibi’s work similarly appeals to this sensibility: his cheeky images are highly approachable, wonderfully absurd, and visually appealing. And just a little bit ridiculous.

Tibi TIbi Neuspiel, Desert Island Toast (compared to regular piece of toast), 2010. Oil paint and urethane.

Tibi TIbi Neuspiel, Desert Island Toast (compared to regular piece of toast), 2010. Oil paint and urethane.

But although they might not exactly evoke a “fine” art aesthetic, his work is not light on  artistic merit or craftsmanship. Incredibly, they are not photographs of real sandwiches (as I thought when I first looked at his work), but rather beautifully crafted encaustic wax sculptures. Rather than relying on the veneer of curious appeal, his work instead uses this bizarre allure as a vehicle to draw the viewer into the deeper levels of the work.

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Canada on White, 2011 (edition of 10). Oil paint, pigmented beeswax, steel, magnet.

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Canada on White, 2011 (edition of 10). Oil paint, pigmented beeswax, steel, magnet. (Image via ArtBarrage)

While I was gathering material for this post I came across a terrific article about the political potentials of absurdity in the work of Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, by a ridiculously talented friend of mine, essayist and curator Rachel Farquharson. I urge you to go check out her wonderful and intelligent essay, “Avant-garde Now Redux: Tibi Tibi Neuspiel’s Toast Points” on ArtBarrage, if you’re interested in unpacking some of the deeper levels of meaning in his work.

You can also watch a great video interview with Tibi Tibi here.

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Assanation Sandwiches: Jesus/Darwin, 2009.

Tibi Tibi Neuspiel, Assanation Sandwiches: Jesus/Darwin, 2009.

// Images via artist’s website.

For more food-based ridiculousness, visit The Museum of Food Anomalies.

 

Elsewhere on the Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things:

Judith Klausner embroidered toast with egg

About these ads

10 thoughts on “Tibi Tibi Neuspiel’s strange sandwiches

  1. Pingback: Embroidered Toast by Judith G Klausner | The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things

  2. Pingback: The Decorated Sandwich: A Tribute to Art « the Squished Diorama

  3. Pingback: GUEST POST- Claire Atwater on The Bone Mother: Arresting images from Russian folklore | The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things

  4. Pingback: Three ridiculously interesting photographs from the history of art | The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things

  5. Pingback: From the dusty corners of the museum…Cornelia Parker | The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things

  6. Pingback: Knit Meat by Stephanie Casper | The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things

  7. Pingback: Embroidered Toast by Judith G Klausner | The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things

  8. Pingback: Preserved loaf of bread discovered at Pompeii | The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things

  9. Pingback: L’art du sandwich | People Are Strange | Magazine

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s