Still saying ‘what the’ to Hanna Liden’s bagel totems? Here’s the skinny: Swedish artist Hanna Liden had her first taste of that new york staple, the bagel in 1998 – which incidentally, is the year that she arrived in new york. So I guess you could say that the bagels represent her formative NYC year, her first authentic taste of the city that would become her new home.
The sculptures are large-scale, carved versions of bagels — both individually placed and arranged in stacks, acting as makeshift ‘vases’, placed in well-traveled public spaces. The black spray paint, a romanticized vision of the impurity and grime that is characteristic of the city.
Liden’s sculptural eating experience is titled ‘everything’, a two-part art installation in Hudson River Park until October 20, 2015, and Ruth Wittenberg plaza until august 24, 2015. Presented by Art Production Fund and Kiehl’s since 1851, the exhibition sets up the sculptural bagels in unexpected contexts around the city, giving new meaning to what Liden refers to as ‘a great icon of urban living’.