GAYE CHAN
FREE GRINDZ
Southern Exposure, San Francisco (2011)



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Free Grindz is an edible weed information center / weed seed distribution station. It focuses on three of the most common plants in the world - amaranth, dandelion, and purslane - which are most often known as weeds in north america. Free Grindz was designed to minimize the carbon footprint of its production and movement to various locations. Free Grindz takes the form of a shipping crate, made (almost) entirely out of found material, which unfolds into the exhibition itself. Free Grindz presents information how to identify, where to find, and how to cook edible weeds. Participants are invited to make recipe books with rubber stamps and recycled paper.

STATEMENT

Weedz ben given one bad rap, but dey ken be ono grindz. I no mean pakalolo, but da regular kine weedz dat stay growing in yoah auntie's backyahd, da sidewalk, da pahking lot, da pahk kine places. In da Oxford English Dictionary I wen look up da word "weed." It wen say dat weedz are just plants dat no get value, no get beauty. But it also wen say dat weeds grow so wild n strong dat dey can take over "superior vegetation" (da kine stuffs you buy in da supahmahket). So I wen get curious and I wen I read sum mo about weedz. I wen find you can grind plenny weedz dat taste ono.

Da reason we no eat weedz is cause we not supposed to like get stuff fo FREE. If we get stuff fo free dat is bad fo capitalism and dat's how our economy is run. Wen we cut down our reliance on capitalism we ken be begin fo be free.

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Weeds have been given a bad reputation but they are a spectacular movable feast. By weeds I am not referring to pot, but the regular herbaceous plants that grow everywhere, where no one planted them. Your aunt's backyard, by the sidewalk, parking lots, park, etc. According to the Oxford English Dictionary weeds are plants that are not valued for their use, or beauty. Plants that grow wild and strong. So wild and strong that they can take over the growth of what some call 'superior vegetation' - meaning those you buy at garden stores and supermarkets.

There many weeds that are edible and many of them taste really good! We are rarely informed about this because being able to get stuff for FREE is bad for capitalism. Freedom from capitalism begins when we diminish our reliance on it.

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