Lou Thomas & Spence Holman @ The THS Edible Art show

Lou Thomas and Spence edible art 1 feb 94 (2)

By 1994 Towson High School had become an ideological sparring ground – on one side were the free thinking freaks of Towson-Glen Arm and on the other were the buttoned up/’law & order’ forces of the school’s administration spearheaded by TGA’s arch nemesis: the tough, ex-jock vice-principal Dr. Stanton Neuman. These two polar opposites clashed many times; details of those clashes will be revealed in a future piece all about the scene’s legacy of civil disobedience.

The images here document one of the few times when the local underground and THS authorities enjoyed a “cease fire”: Towson High’s Edible Art show, a February ’94 exhibition that featured food themed art and edible works by students. TGA innovators Lou Thomas & Spence Holman used this event to unleash an outrageous performance art piece in which the pair essentially staged a barely controlled food fight wrapping themselves up in giant crepe/burrito costumes while instructing the audience to hurl condiments and paint at them. Creating even a little bit of chaos within the confines of the usually staid THS atmosphere was an empowering release for the young artists that illicited an ecstatic audience reaction.

Lou Thomas and Spence edible art 2 feb 94 (2)

Lou Thomas and Spence edible art 3 feb 94

l-r, Spence Holman & Lou Thomas in the aftermath of their Edible Art show performance

l-r, Spence Holman & Lou Thomas in the aftermath of their Edible Art show performance

(all photography by Violet LeVoit)

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Lou Thomas & Spence Holman @ The THS Edible Art show

  1. Lou Thomas says:

    we also pre-recorded an improvised soundtrack of us using pots and pans as instruments in my mom’s living room (and she was upset that we seriously dented so much of her cookware – sorry mom).

  2. You know I gotta ask this, does that soundtrack tape still exist???

  3. J. Spence Holman says:

    i think i have that tape; it’ll take some unearthing. i remember playing 45 minutes straight in your living room one afternoon.

  4. Spence, that’s great! If the tape turns up please give me a p.m., would love to check it out…also, in one of the pics it looks like Lou’s mom has a video camera – could there be a vhs of this piece too?

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