Turkey-shaped matzoh ball in soup

Turkeyfest

Turkey-shaped Jell-O Mold Competition:

Create an edible dish in the shape of a turkey

All-Star Turkeys | More Stellar Birds | Press

Click any image for full size and to scroll through entire portfolio,

including artful commentary

"Office parties—we all have them. But most aren’t like the one I went to last Friday in a loft on Broome Street."

The New Yorker: News Desk online 11.24.2009

 

ALL-STAR TURKEYS

Turkeyburger
Turkeyburger

Turkeyburger: A deft co-mingling of American culinary icons—the thanksgiving turkey and the classic hamburger—and a stellar technical breakthrough on the baking front. Grand Prize Winner [by popular election] for "Best Overall Turkey" trophy, 2009. By David Hunter.

press to zoom
Ice Turkey
Ice Turkey

Revolutionary in its simplicity, Sacha's 2006 Ice Turkey dextrously challenges our notions of holiday cultural iconicity while simultaneously interrogating avian corporeality. A knowing nod to Serrano's Piss Christ, her turkey, suspended in apple juice, acknowledges its debt to America's culture wars while fearlessly breaking new ground.

press to zoom
Which Came First?
Which Came First?

Which Came First?: The hard-boiled-eggs turkey conflates progenitor and present, history and hard-boiled. We are comprised of that from whence we came. Ab ovo. Second Place Winner [by popular election] for "Best Overall Turkey," 2008. By David H.

press to zoom
Roquefort Mousse Turkey
Roquefort Mousse Turkey

Cindy Sherman's evocative creation toys with the fundamental nexus of perception and identity. The turkey appears translucent—up to a certain point—and then becomes seemingly opaque. But is it? Who is this bird, really? What's that stuff inside of her, anyway? Does she want us to know what she's made of, her real self? Indeed, is there such a thing as true identity, or is it just a culinary construct? We leave puzzled, yet full of mousse.

press to zoom
Turkey Peep
Turkey Peep

By Mikael Jorgensen

press to zoom
Homemade Hostess Holiday-Cassandra
Homemade Hostess Holiday-Cassandra

Artist's Statement: "Art to me is a humanitarian cupcake and I believe that there is a responsibility that art should somehow be able to nourish mankind, to make the world a sweeter place." First Place Grand Prize Trophy Winner [by popular election] for "Best Overall Turkey," 2011 (second year in a row!) By Cassandra C. Jones.

press to zoom
Chicken Noodle Soup Turkey
Chicken Noodle Soup Turkey

Nourishing and healing? Or intestinal and revolting? Ford Wheeler's 2007 congealed chicken noodle soup turkey launches an unflinching investigation of the attraction/repulsion dynamic of domesticity itself.

press to zoom
Baby's First Turkey
Baby's First Turkey

David Byrne deftly addresses the mortality of the turkey with its reconstitution in vegetable form. The layering functions as a morphological evocation of sedimentary rock, thereby evoking the passage of time, while the vegetable purée evinces babyhood, enacting the cycle of life. A bold and powerful statement.

press to zoom
Maple Carrot Cake Turkey
Maple Carrot Cake Turkey

Michael Daube & David "broke the mold" in 2007 with their maple carrot cake turkey. Surrounded by the shell casings from the moment of slaughter, the turkey first seduces us with the sweet crunchiness of its illusionistic exterior before bringing us face-to-face with the true underpinnings of the sublime: turkey mortality.

press to zoom
Jiggles
Jiggles

Winner, "Best reveal," 2009—white chocolate with chopped candied walnuts filled with cranberry/pomegranate flavored gelatin (no added sugar) with raspberries. As artful and subtle as ever, Sherman continues to explore the turkey-mold medium with her inimitable mastery of craft and her legendary fearlessness. Every year the turkey wears a different costume, and the viewer must question—yet again—fundamental assumptions about appearance and identity and turkeys.

press to zoom
Bubby's Matzoh Turkey
Bubby's Matzoh Turkey

In this stunning mis-en-matzoh-ball-soup, we are brought back to the original site of sustenance: the womb. Floating, trussed, lulled in a warm bath of chicken broth, we experience the original state of undifferentiated oneness, of satiety. Grand Prize Winner [by popular election] for "Best Overall Turkey," 2008. By Satya K. & Frank H.

press to zoom
Turcakes
Turcakes

A syrupy semiotic statement reminding us of the arbitrary relationship between the slippery, butter-covered layers of signification, Stern + Mertz's proposition leads us to the classic indigestion of post-structuralist sticky inconclusiveness. 2010 Silver Medal winner [by popular election] for "Best Overall Turkey." By Amanda Stern + Katie Merz.

press to zoom
Gobble-Pop
Gobble-Pop

Following Jasper Johns' dictum, Jones takes the turkey and "does something to it", ultimately effecting a masterful transformation, effortlessly addressing Americana and object-hood in one unimpeachable statement. Encaustic-like in its encasing, the Gobble-pop is a delirious concoction of creamy vanilla with a seductive skin of chocolate, slyly referencing the genre of country fair food-on-a-stick. Grand Prize Winner 2010, Cassandra C. Jones

press to zoom
The Great Meta Turkey!!!
The Great Meta Turkey!!!

Winner, Best Conceptual Turkey, 2008. By Elio Bourcart and Marina Berio.

press to zoom
Chewing Gum Turkey
Chewing Gum Turkey

This viscerally revolting chewing-gum turkey is acephalic, yet it models, on second look, a brain. The viewer's mind and gag-reflex battle for comprehension: Is our left temporal lobe truly grape-Bubble-Yum-flavored? What of the prevelance of Apple-flavored chicklets in the frontal lobes? The mind reels. Winner, Best-Left-Untouched. By Adam & Jess & Multiple Friends

press to zoom

MORE STELLAR BIRDS…

 
2015 Turkeyfest 22
2015 Turkeyfest 22
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 15
2015 Turkeyfest 15
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 24
2013 Turkeyfest 24
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 2
2015 Turkeyfest 2
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 8
2015 Turkeyfest 8
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 20
2015 Turkeyfest 20
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 19
2015 Turkeyfest 19
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 18
2015 Turkeyfest 18
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 17
2015 Turkeyfest 17
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 16
2015 Turkeyfest 16
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 14
2015 Turkeyfest 14
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 13
2015 Turkeyfest 13
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 12
2015 Turkeyfest 12
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 10
2015 Turkeyfest 10
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 11
2015 Turkeyfest 11
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 9
2015 Turkeyfest 9
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 7
2015 Turkeyfest 7
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 5
2015 Turkeyfest 5
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 6
2015 Turkeyfest 6
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 4
2015 Turkeyfest 4
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 1
2015 Turkeyfest 1
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 21
2015 Turkeyfest 21
press to zoom
2015 Turkeyfest 3
2015 Turkeyfest 3
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 25
2013 Turkeyfest 25
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 27
2013 Turkeyfest 27
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 19
2013 Turkeyfest 19
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 26
2013 Turkeyfest 26
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 23
2013 Turkeyfest 23
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 21
2013 Turkeyfest 21
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 22
2013 Turkeyfest 22
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 20
2013 Turkeyfest 20
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 18
2013 Turkeyfest 18
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 17
2013 Turkeyfest 17
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 16
2013 Turkeyfest 16
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 15
2013 Turkeyfest 15
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 14
2013 Turkeyfest 14
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 13
2013 Turkeyfest 13
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 12
2013 Turkeyfest 12
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 11
2013 Turkeyfest 11
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 10
2013 Turkeyfest 10
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 9
2013 Turkeyfest 9
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 4
2013 Turkeyfest 4
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 8
2013 Turkeyfest 8
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 7
2013 Turkeyfest 7
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 3
2013 Turkeyfest 3
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 2
2013 Turkeyfest 2
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 1
2013 Turkeyfest 1
press to zoom
2013 Turkeyfest 5
2013 Turkeyfest 5
press to zoom
SalvadorTurki
SalvadorTurki

Kate, Beatrice, Scott & Annabelle

press to zoom
Marshmaturkey
Marshmaturkey

Elio & Marina

press to zoom
Before
Before
press to zoom
Ostrich Egg
Ostrich Egg

Danielle Spencer

press to zoom
TurkeyMadoff
TurkeyMadoff

Kate, Beatrice, Scott & Annabelle

press to zoom
A Par Baked Alaska
A Par Baked Alaska

Grant Greenberg

press to zoom
Almond Joy
Almond Joy

Ford Wheeler

press to zoom
Pablo
Pablo

Catalina & Juan

press to zoom
Cranberry Turkey
Cranberry Turkey

Patrick

press to zoom
Avacado Delight
Avacado Delight

Patrick

press to zoom
Buckeye Bird
Buckeye Bird

David Ferris

press to zoom
Bimibap Turkey
Bimibap Turkey

Suyeon Kim-Refosco

press to zoom
The Italian Stallion
The Italian Stallion

Bill

press to zoom
Steel-Cut Turkey
Steel-Cut Turkey

Mikael Jorgensen

press to zoom
BBQ Turkey-Loaf
BBQ Turkey-Loaf

David Byrne

press to zoom
School Lunch
School Lunch

LeeAnn Rossi & Brian

press to zoom
Turkey Tartare (not) - rhubarb
Turkey Tartare (not) - rhubarb

David Byrne

press to zoom
Turkenada Empanada
Turkenada Empanada

Veronica

press to zoom
Proud Turkey
Proud Turkey

Becky,Shawna & Andrew

press to zoom
Pumpkin pie
Pumpkin pie

David Byrne

press to zoom
Cake
Cake
press to zoom
Turkey Caprese
Turkey Caprese
press to zoom
Dia
Dia
press to zoom
Vegan Cauliflower
Vegan Cauliflower
press to zoom
Cadbury creme turkey egg
Cadbury creme turkey egg
press to zoom
Turkey Tartare
Turkey Tartare
press to zoom
Turkish Turkey
Turkish Turkey
press to zoom
Trojan turkey
Trojan turkey
press to zoom
Isle flotante
Isle flotante
press to zoom
Chocolate
Chocolate
press to zoom
Mama Crab
Mama Crab

Cindy Sherman

press to zoom
Mom's Noodle Koogle
Mom's Noodle Koogle

Almost Warholian in its multiple reproduction, the kugel establishes its cultural iconicity through mimesis, enacting the passage from old to new world means of production and consumption. In making this transition from "original" to multiple, the kugel turkeys also enact the lack implicit in the symbolic order, and the attendant loss of the (m)other—Lacan's objet petit a, if you will. Or even if you won't. 2010 Bronze medal. Jack Shire and Lia Sweet

press to zoom
Before and after
Before and after
press to zoom
Moonstruck
Moonstruck
press to zoom
Moonstruck
Moonstruck
press to zoom
Turkey Moose and a Goose
Turkey Moose and a Goose
press to zoom
Turkey Buffet
Turkey Buffet
press to zoom
Last Year's Leftovers
Last Year's Leftovers
press to zoom
Peace
Peace
press to zoom
Scrits
Scrits
press to zoom
Recession Turkey
Recession Turkey
press to zoom
Turkoccino
Turkoccino
press to zoom
Senor Turkito
Senor Turkito
press to zoom
Summer in the Gulf
Summer in the Gulf
press to zoom
Yes
Yes
press to zoom
Tequila Turkey
Tequila Turkey
press to zoom
Turkey under the sea
Turkey under the sea

Stephanie

press to zoom
Turkey Alla Vodka
Turkey Alla Vodka

Rachel Edelman

press to zoom
The sides as the bride
The sides as the bride

Kate

press to zoom
The Elvis
The Elvis

David Ferris

press to zoom
Stud Turkey
Stud Turkey

Emilie and Alec

press to zoom
That's no turkey
That's no turkey

Melissa Jaffe

press to zoom
 
Colorful old style painting of a boy riding a turkey

PRESS

Turkey-shaped Jell-O® Mold: 2011 Competition 

"…Cassandra C. Jones' 'Homemade Hostess Holiday,' First Place Grand Prize Trophy Winner [by popular election] for 'Best Overall Turkey.' Wow, it's Cassandra's second year in a row as champion!"

BoingBoing 11.24.2011

The Elusive Turkey 

" 'This is like Top Chef,' I muttered..."

The Paris Review: Arts & Culture online 11.25.2010

Turkey-shaped Jell-O Mold: 2010 Competition 

"…while actual turkey leftovers are the stuff of misery, these faux turkey leftovers are the stuff of delight."

BoingBoing 11.29.2010

David Byrne Loses Annual Turkey Mold Contest, Again!

"The festive gathering draws an elite group of artsy creative types and indie glitterati..."

Gothamist, 11.20.2010

Flipping the Bird: Danielle Spencer's Turkey-Shaped Jell-O Mold Competition

"The New York artist and designer Danielle Spencer, who has worked extensively with David Byrne, curates an annual 'Turkey-shaped Jell-O Mold' competition--but it can be savored year-round."

ReadyMade: Media Diet blog 4.28.2010

A Todo Mundo Thanksgiving 

"Office parties—we all have them. But most aren’t like the one I went to last Friday in a loft on Broome Street."

The New Yorker: News Desk online 11.24.2009

Turkey-shaped Jell-O Mold: 2009 Competition Winners (including David Byrne!) 

"…think of it as the Venice Biennale of holiday-themed foodplay."

BoingBoing 11.26.2009

Turkey-shaped Jell-O® Mold: 2008 Competition 

"My favorite is the S'Mores Turkey..."

BoingBoing 11.27.2008

Ceci n'est pas un turkey 

"This is ART."

BoingBoing 11.20.2007

Turkey-shaped Jell-O® Mold: 2006 Competition 

"And here, now, the highly unheimlich results."

BoingBoing 11.23.2006

Jell-O® Turkey Facsimile 

"Boing Boing pal Danielle Spencer bought a turkey-shaped (okay, actually, cornish-game-hen-iform) gelatin mold..."

BoingBoing 11.23.2005