The Chicken And The Hog

John Knight

HQHQ Project Space

232 SE Oak St. #108

Portland, OR 97217

April 6th - April 25th, 2015

A Chicken and a Hog were sauntering down the street when they passed a diner advertising Ham and Eggs, 25 Cents! “Sounds like a bargain,” approved the Chicken. “We could open our own restaurant! I will provide the eggs and you the ham!” The Hog was dismayed by the suggestion and responded, “Its all very well for you to be pleased with a dish of Ham and Eggs. For you it’s all in a days work to provide eggs but for me, providing ham represents a genuine sacrifice.”

The values of the base cost lean calculations are determined by individual packer’s lean value buying programs, which are based on the backfat and 6 to 7 square inch loineye area both measured at the 10th rib. Calculations include Producer Sold negotiated and swine or pork market formula and Packer Sold negotiated and swine or pork market formula data from the National Prior Day Slaughtered Swine Report (LM_HG201.txt). Monthly total and weighted averages represent slaughtered hogs reported for the month.

During the course of 3 weeks in April, HQ Objective is manufacturing 2 series of works based on the National Daily Base Lean Hog Carcass Slaughter Cost put out by the United States Department of Agriculture. During this time, the gallery will represent a production space of arts manufacture. The space will remain open to visitation according to normal business hours, and will conclude with a closing reception on April 25th.

-John Knight, Director

Documantation courtesy of the artist

Daily Procedure:

During each day of production, a computer provided by HQHQ Project Space will need to be available in the gallery.

Visit the USDA website for the National Daily Base Lean Hog Carcass Slaughter Cost: (

Using the provided printer, print the National Daily Base Lean Hog Carcass Slaughter Cost report out on standard printer paper.


A printer will be provided in the space with the necessary cabling to connect to a standard laptop usb port.

A workstation will be available, equipped with tempera paint (5 pigments), watercolor paints (4 pigments), [sharpies, paint pens, whatever is necessary to fill out the data], a container filled with one hundred and one dollars of quarters and pennies, and a staple gun loaded with staples.

A print out of the reference fable (The Chicken and The Hog) will be available in the space.

Every week 5 stretched and gessoed canvasses, and 5 unstretched gessoed canvases will be brought to HQHQ Project Space (232 SE Oak St #108 Portland, OR 97214) and placed within the gallery.

Phase 1:

Unroll one unstretched gessoed canvas from the provided rolls (which are sit under the worktable).

Using a provided staple gun, place one unstretched gessoed canvas on an empty wall.

Using the printed National Daily Base Lean Hog Carcass Slaughter Cost report, fill in any and all correlating information based off the USDA’s daily report onto the provided template on the unstretched gessoed canvas. Use the provided black paint markers to complete this process.

Once the USDA’s National Daily Base Lean Hog Carcass Slaughter Cost report is completed, create a visual representation of the fable: THE CHICKEN AND THE HOG. This image should be created using the provided tempera paint.

Included are five colors that are to be used in an undiluted manner and applied by finger painting.

After completion of the image, staple the unstretched gessoed canvas to the assigned National Daily Base Lean Hog Carcass Slaughter Cost report index wall.


Each unstretched gessoed picture created over the course of 5 business days will be placed on top of each other, creating groupings on the wall of five works at the end of each business week.

Phase 2

Take one gessoed stretched canvas from the provided weekly stack and lay it horizontally on provided worktable surface.

Using the printed USDA data, convert the price of the daily hog carcass price from the National Daily Base Lean Hog Carcass Slaughter Cost report into a corresponding amount of coinage (in quarters and pennies).

Place the specific amount of coinage correlating the one hog carcass on the horizontal canvas, in any arrangement.

Using the four watercolor pigments provided, paint around the coinage on the canvas using painting brushes.

Once the process of painting the coinage is complete, remove the coinage place it back into the provided CHASE banking container.

Sign and date with pencil the back of the stretched and gessoed canvas.

Carry the painting to the designated wall space, leaning the painting against the wall in stacks by week.

Phase 3

At the end of the three-week period, the director will come to HQHQ Project Space in preparation of a closing reception.

The director will arrange and hang the three stacks of gessoed stretched canvases on the designated exhibition walls.

The gessoed unstretched stacks of canvases will remain in place as already installed for exhibition.

Materials list for production:

Tempera paints

Watercolor paints

Paint pens


Staple Gun

15 prepared canvases (stretched and gessoed)

15 prepared canvases (unstretched and gessoed)

Inkjet printer

Workstation (table and sawhorses)

Exhibition ephemera including posters and press releases

Inventory for closing exhibition:

15 tempera paintings

15 watercolor paintings

30 silkscreened announcement posters

50 offset printed announcement posters

100 procedure lists

$101.00 in coinage




John Knight (b. 1986, Cincinnati, OH) is an artist based in Portland, OR. He is the cofounder of H. Klum Fine Art, a gallery on permanent hiatus. Knight is a contributor to Amur-Initiative Media and Research, an online curatorial platform in the Pacific Northwest. In 2014, he was invited to participate with the Rainmaker Artist Residency at the Yale Union building in Portland for the program’s inaugural year. Knight also participated as a resident artist at both DIY Printing in Cincinnati and the New York Arts Practicum in 2013. He hold’s master’s in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a bachelors degree in Sculpture from the University of Cincinnati. Recent exhibitions include: What Color the Sky? at Par Projects and Reducto ad Absurdum at Third Party Gallery in Cincinnati; Graphic Corollary Set No 1. with Amur-Initiatives, Rebind at Publication Studios, THE RIDICULIZED PIGS at Pockets full of Posies Daycare/Childcare Center and Meaningless Less Meaning at ME∑(s)A Project Space in Portland; and MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY! at EXO Project Space in Chicago, IL.