Ben Kinmont: On becoming something else

Related Exhibition Ben Kinmont

May 12, 2013 to June 18, 2013
May 12 - June 18, 2013

Bar Tartine, 561 Valencia Street, San Francisco Rich Table, 199 Gough Street, San Francisco State Bird Provisions, 1529 Fillmore Street, San Francisco Outerlands, 4001 Judah Street, San Francisco Bar Jules, 609 Hayes Street, San Francisco Camino, 3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland

Ben Kinmont's On becoming something else looks at the way in which artists move from the art world to other fields — from farming to politics — in pursuit of their art practice.

For this project, Kinmont has invited local chefs to create new recipes about artists who became something else, each based on a paragraph written by Kinmont describing a historical example of such a departure. The portrait dishes are currently on the menu at the collaborating restaurants. The project culminates in a grand finale at Bar Tartine on June 18.

Participating chefs are Nick Balla and Courtney Burns of Bar Tartine, Evan and Sarah Rich of Rich Table, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions, Brett Cooper of Outerlands, as well as chef/owners Jessica Boncutter of Bar Jules and Russell Moore of Camino and independent chef Leif Hedendal (by appointment). The resulting dishes are homages to Bridget Barnhart, Lygia Clark, Hans de Vries, Gretchen Faust, GAAG (Jon Hendricks and Jean Toche), Laurie Parsons, and Raivo Puusemp.

A limited-edition broadside featuring the artists and dishes is available at each venue.

On becoming something else was originally produced with the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2011. Ben Kinmont is an artist, publisher, and antiquarian bookseller. In 1996 he began his publishing project Antinomian Press, which focuses on ephemera and archival material, often distributed for free. Kinmont also has an ongoing antiquarian bookselling business, Ben Kinmont Booksellers, begun in 1998, that specializes in books and manuscripts about domestic economy and food. For the first time in 15 years, the business has opened as a public book store  at 6780 Depot Street, Suite 150 in Sebastopol. For more information, visit

Image: Ben Kinmont and chef Fabien Vallos in front of the Chapeau Melon, Paris; photo: Bruno Serralongue