What a fun hobby

Collecting unwashed forks might seem like a strange artistic practice but, with friends in the right places (read: working at luxury catering companies), it takes on a whole new meaning.

For the past 15 years, the Melbourne artist and activist V-T-R, real name Van Thanh Rudd, has been overseeing the “swiping” of cutlery from high-class hotel restaurants and function rooms, where the world’s richest and most powerful have been wined and dined. And now a selection of these forks – in all their greasy, grimy glory – are ready to be ogled by the rest of us.

“When the 1% eat in various luxury hotels around the world, they’re served by thousands of hotel workers who have access to the cutlery they use,” Van, the nephew of the former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, told Guardian Australia. “I worked in that particular area of the hospitality industry in the late 1990s and, to some of us, swiping their dinner forks from under their noses didn’t seem out of the question.”

And so we find greenish goop rusted on to a silver fork once held by Prince Harry; a tiny strip of meaty fibre munched on by Clive Palmer, clinging to the lower two tines; Hillary Clinton’s pilfered prongs left almost bare but for a few yellowing crumbs.

Although I have a feeling that it would not catch on here. It’s Private Eye isn’t it which runs that “spoons” column? It would, here, just be too obvious what the inspiration was, doing in real life the spoof of the idiot celebrity column.

15 thoughts on “What a fun hobby”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Van, the nephew of the former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, told Guardian Australia. “I worked in that particular area of the hospitality industry in the late 1990s

    Unless he is going to clone them and create an evil Super Army with which to control the world, the boy is retarded. And I don’t mean that in the vernacular sense of lame. One of the lesser products of the 1%.

  2. Just another stinking commie bastard who thinks it’s okay to steal from others because they’re doing a lot better than he is. If a restaurant sees one of its forks they should demand its return.

  3. I don’t see much of the latter either, he’s basically fetishising something he objects to, which isn’t going to help. He’s put himself somewhere between clickbait and those glossy magazines selling envy and vidy-shaming.

  4. ‘Sing along everybody: “The frog on the tine’s all mine all mine..”’

    Oh, do fork off.

  5. Bloke in Costa Rica

    A basic stainless steel fork is going to run about A$2.50, with the fancier examples shown in the article costing a good deal more than that. That adds up to quite a whack. So why hasn’t this fucking parasitical non-entity had his collar felt? What a pretentious cunt.

    Of course the great thing about a fork is you can use it to stab someone in four different places at once.

  6. Art is not a valid defense for kleptomania.

    Art is not an excuse to avoid doing the dishes.

    The only thing that I could which would justify this ‘artist’ not being in jail is if all of the proceeds are used for restitution to the victims of his crimes.

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