Performance artist who ate Maurizio Cattelan's $120,000 banana launches interactive food show in New York

A fair visitor inspects Maurizio Cattelan's new sculpture, Comedian, on Perrotin's stand at Art Basel in Miami Beach in December © David Owens

The performance artist David Datuna—who made a splash at Art Basel in Miami Beach in December when he ate one of Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 bananas duct-taped to Perrotin’s booth—is opening his own interactive food show titled Hungry Artist at New York’s Ca’d Oro gallery on Thursday.

Datuna will assist visitors in creating their own art using around 30 of the most common objects found in every New York City bodega. Cans of Coke, candy and other tasty snacks will be affixed to the gallery’s walls as art, and participants are encouraged to rip them off and eat them on the spot.

“What we perceive as materialism is nothing but social conditioning,” the artist says on his Instagram, where he announced the show. “Any meaningful interaction with an object could turn it to art. I am a hungry artist, and I am hungry for new interactions.”

Thirsty collectors can buy a certificate authenticating the work for $450—a veritable steal compared to Cattelan’s viral fruit phenomenon. Proceeds will be donated to a charity for cancer research.