Exhibition Preview: Palate
Scion Installation L.A., Culver City, Los Angeles
22nd May 22 – 12th June 2010
by Guy Sangster Adams
Palate, playing on the homophony with ‘palette’, features new works and installations by an international group of artists exploring the idea of food both as a muse and a medium. Curated by the LA-based writer and editor, Zio Fulcher, who was managing editor of Shepard Fairey’s highly influential Swindle magazine, and whose book, The History of American Graffiti, will be published shortly, the exhibition showcases work by Clare Crespo, Jeph Gurecka, Scott Hove, Tamara Kostianovsky, Alan Macdonald, James Reynolds, Martha Rich and Jeff Vespa.
Clare Crespo, the author of the creative cookbook/art books, The Secret Life of Food and Hey There, Cupcake, has crocheted “a smorgasbord of fun foods,” whilst Jeph Gurecka’s installation exploring the idea of food as sustenance, is built from bread he baked himself. Scott Hove and Tamara Kotianovshy’s have both contributed outsize sculptures. Hove’s monstrous cake sculptures “reflect on the relationship between the natural world and mechanical civilization, and the drama that occurs during this interaction,” and Kostianovsky’s giant slabs of meat are made from items of clothing.
Anachronistic items, such as grocery bags, baked beans, and chips appear in the stylistically classical paintings of pilgrims by the Scotland-based artist, Alan Macdonald. The series of photographs by London-based artist, James Reynolds, document the last meal requests by Death Row inmates. Cakes proliferate in the illustrations of Martha Rich, who is currently studying for an MFA in painting at the University of Pennsylvania, whilst fast food looms large in the giant Polaroids by artist, photographer, and Editor-at-Large of LIFE.com, Jeff Vespa.
Palate also includes a large exhibit of retro candy wrappers, from Darlene Lacey’s Candy Wrapper Museum, which she founded 33 years ago, a vintage cookbook library, and a wall of vibrantly coloured, hard-to-find sodas.