The last time Mark Gravel was in Charleston, he set up his bean pot over at Scoop Studios to cook up an impromptu dish of gallo pinto for art lovers. He also made an appearance at the Marion Square farmers market for a preview of his magazine project Food + Sex. Since then, it seems his work has evolved around food, sex, and art with a focus on the interplay of urban and agrarian foodways in their subject matter.
Gravel is coming back to town, and this time he's taking over Eye Level Art for a temporary restaurant called Peaches on Tues. Jan. 25. He's hosted similar events in San Francisco and Brooklyn and apparently they strive to "transform social spaces as a means to engage society with the sensual, emotional, moral, and economic values of eating."
Gravel’s art collective Bouwerie will be pairing up with Georgia lo-fi electro artist Washed Out for the happening. Washed Out is Ernest Greene and he makes "bedroom synthpop that sounds blurred and woozily evocative, like someone smeared Vaseline all over an early OMD demo tape." So, if you're into red bean gumbo and synthesizers — and, really, who isn't? — this special evening should be right up your alley. The cost is $15 and tickets can be purchased at foodsexart.com.