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February 28, 2006

French Fry Art


Wow... an enormous stack of McDonald's French Fries (held together only with Heinz Ketchup)! Artist Jack Daws doesn't usually sculpt with food... I'm so absolutely positive he should get in the Gunness Book for this one! (I'm mostly just floored that McDonald's fries held up under such a strain.)

More of Daws often politically charged work:

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a. Confederate Flag – Colors of Ethiopian Flag
b. White Flag
c. Union Jack – Colors of the Irish Flag

More Jack Daws (some images may be unsuitable for children)

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Do you know that McDonald's is getting legal action taken against it because their french fry's are really not made of potatoes? What kind of sick work is this??? What kind of a world, where a man dresses up like a bat... oh wait, sorry, wrong speech

Posted by: Adam Wilmer | Mar 1, 2006 8:05:32 AM

ewww...not really potatoes? Well, Burger King's are better anyway.
Why french fries, though? I mean, I know I stuck up for Li Wei and all his art, but french fries?! I guess there's no knowing what goes on in the mind of an artist...

Posted by: Alli | Mar 2, 2006 6:35:29 PM

Yeah, people allergic to gluten are suing McDonalds because the fries have wheat. I heard they also contain milk (!) which wouldn't be good for those who are lactose intolerant.

'Why french fries'? Something about the two WTC towers and big multinationals like McDonalds, I should think. Perhaps also a reference to the fact that, after French opposition to the Iraq war, there were proposals to change the name of 'french fries' to 'liberty fries'. (Never mind that the Statue of Liberty was French. The guy who made this proposal is now also opposed to the Iraq war, so he has withdrawn the idea.)
But really, I think the two towers/french fries association plays into the hands of those conservatives to whom Jack Daws' political message is presumably directed. They would love to uncover a link between 'anti-globalisation protesters' and 'terrorist-sympathisers', and in a way this artwork provides that.

Or maybe I'm reading too much into it. Maybe Jack was feeling hungry, bought heaps of fries and ketchup, but then changed his mind . . . and having recently run out of clay, and living off an artist's wage, didn't want to waste the fries.

Posted by: Mark | Mar 3, 2006 6:29:30 AM

Man, what do they actually put in those french fries? First they got sued for putting beef extract in them. Now they're getting sued for putting in wheat? Where's the potato?

Posted by: Alex | Mar 4, 2006 1:42:32 PM

It's... I mean, it's sort of French... in the same sense that plastic-mealfood might be French. Could be! And it is fried, or at least dipped in a non inconsiderably-warmed vat of shortening which I was assured in 1991 was not lard.

Which is a kind of frying, of a sort. Only without a pan, or even a stove top. I think deep frying is what they call it, which is sort of generic term for oily boiling.

Eh. Where's Max Headroom when you need him?

Posted by: Scott Elyard | Mar 5, 2006 11:24:59 PM

Wow, this is cool stuff! Only problem, the link for the close-up on the "Irish Union Jack" is pointing at the white flag. I wanna see that close up!

Posted by: Phill | Mar 7, 2006 2:39:43 PM

full-size Irish Jack:

Posted by: steve | Mar 7, 2006 2:48:50 PM

Being from Northern Ireland the 'Irish Jack' actually isn't that 'politically charged'. I've seen examples of that idea from the seventies. It's like slagging off Ronald Reagan now... Flogging a Dead Horse.
And the Twin Towers sculpture is pretty boring. Is it supposed to be controversial? Why don't you just mould one out of ice from the tears of the mourning loved ones and be done with it... Utterly boring...

Posted by: davidt | Mar 7, 2006 3:21:22 PM

Cancel that,I followed the link to the gallery. (Your link remains busted, though.)

Posted by: Phill | Mar 7, 2006 3:28:02 PM

If Mr. Daws were trying to make an accurate political comment, shouldn't he have painted the Confederate Battle Flag in the state colors of Ghana...where the slaves came from? (Check your globe, Daws. Ethiopia is on the whole other side of Africa)

Also, if you were trying to make a point about the Union Jack being redone in the colors of Ireland, shouldn't he have taken the Orange (Loyalist...in other words, British) out of that one as well?

Perhaps it was wrong for me to assume that an artist who offers a WTC made out of fried potatoes would have better than junior-high school understanding of geography and history.

Posted by: Jose | Mar 7, 2006 3:31:57 PM

Thanks for letting me know about the busted link. I just fixed it.

Posted by: Robyn | Mar 7, 2006 3:35:02 PM

usually one sees the confederate battle flag done up in the colors of black nationalism (green, red, and black)... maybe he's trying to tie into the fact that ethiopia was the one african nation that maintained its independence? seems a bit tenuous. regardless, it's all territory well-walked by chris ofili, david hammons, sidewalk t-shirt vendors, and many, many others.

"Perhaps it was wrong for me to assume that an artist who offers a WTC made out of fried potatoes would have better than junior-high school understanding of geography and history."

i'll cut the guy some slack and hold out on agreeing with that point, but he does seem to have a crippling penchant for one-liners.

Posted by: steven | Mar 7, 2006 6:35:55 PM

McDonalds french fries ingredients:

Potatoes, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural flavor (beef, wheat and dairy sources), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (to preserve natural color). Cooked in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (may contain partially hydrogenated soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated corn oil and/or partially hydrogenated canola oil and/or cottonseed oil and/or sunflower oil and/or corn oil). Contains derivatives of wheat and dairy.


Posted by: brian | Mar 7, 2006 7:50:30 PM

wow that's like...American times 20 on steroids

Posted by: Stumpadoodle | Mar 7, 2006 8:12:24 PM

Yawn. McMessage please, hold the content. Thanks.

Posted by: HS | Mar 7, 2006 8:24:31 PM

I thought they took out the beef extract after they got sued. Wouldn't surprise me if it was still in there to some degree though, it being McDonald's and all.

Posted by: Alex | Mar 7, 2006 10:34:48 PM

Take that, Osama!

Posted by: stinky olfacts | Mar 8, 2006 12:10:53 AM

Being from Northern Ireland the 'Irish Jack' actually isn't that 'politically charged'. I've seen examples of that idea from the seventies. It's like slagging off Ronald Reagan now... Flogging a Dead Horse.

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