Sunday, August 11, 2013
Eran Gilant's Life Science series (above) are elegant, memento mori which juxtapose biological specimens with implements both domestic and quasi-scientific. They are at once clinical, classical and sexualized.
"My "Life Science” project situates biological tissue into relatively pleasant, sometimes artificial scenarios, contemplating issues of materialism, erotica and mortality, corresponding with the complicated and intriguing category of “Animal Reminder” in the visual arts."
Ellen Cantor's project, (below) Unorthodox Anatomy, has food as a human biological stand in…as spinal column, raw and sliced. "For this series, I have created a visualization of what my spine looks like to me--not the real spine, but an unorthodox view of my anatomy. These photographs convey my feelings of living with a disability, the pain of aging and daily confrontation with my mortality."
All work addresses the contradictions of biological beauty and function.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Writer Charlotte Woolf has intereviewed Barbara for a feature in the Filter Photo Festival's Blog - IMAGE 37. They discussed our exhibition, Ponder Food as Love at the
Thanks, Charlotte and Filter Fest!
Thanks, Charlotte and Filter Fest!
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Betsy Schneider Extremist Inspirations
"All For Your Delight: Candy" is an elegant compendium of the sublime and ridiculous manifestations of sugar.
Martha Rossler Semiotics In The Kitchen
We were reminded to review meanings and signs of domestic life in 1975.
Rossler captures some mind-numbing relentlessness in her performance.
Maria Marshall Considers Fear and Myth
So simple and so true, Maria Marshall addresses our maternal fears. Will visualizing assuage the fear or make it more intolerable?
March 14 through April 13, 2013
|Installation - Ponder Food As Love|
Reception: Thursday, March 14 5 – 6:30 PM
Artists talk and walk through 7:00pm
Ponder Food as Love. Contemplate the pleasures, tensions and insistent dramas of nourishment.
Photographic collaborators Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman investigate of the physical and emotional energy that flows through the preparation and sharing of food. It is through these exchanges that we find sustenance. The the earthbound and the sublime coalesce in the tasks of nurturing. The body becomes serving plate, altar, banquet and booty – it is offered and is feasted upon. The line between serving and self dissolves.
Ciurej and Lochman collaborate on photographic projects that address the confluence of history, myth and popular culture. Their collaborative practice developed from their work as students at the Institute of Design/Illinois Institute of Technology and in Chicago's alternative art scene. They have been exhibiting work since 1980 and are in public and private collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago History Museum, Walker Art Center and Milwaukee Art Museum. Their work was selected for Critical Mass, included in Review Santa Fe 100, and recently exhibited at Schneider Gallery (Chicago) and The Portrait Society Gallery (Milwaukee). Ciurej is a photographer/graphic designer in Chicago. Lochman is a Milwaukee-based photographer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin.
|Processed Views Cornscape - Test 1|
|Processed Views - Cornscape Test 2|
Monumental Cape Horn inspired us to consider the monumental mountain of corn that looms over Americans' diet.
Corn is the keystone species of the industrial food system, along with its sidekick, soybeans, with which it shares a rotation on most of the farms in the Midwest. I'm really talking about cheap corn — overproduced, subsidized, industrial corn — the biggest legal cash crop in America. Eighty million acres — an area twice the size of New York State — is blanketed by a vast corn monoculture like a second great American lawn...Overproduction sooner or later leads to overconsumption, because we’re very good at figuring out how to turn surpluses into inexpensive, portable new products. Our cheap, value-added, portable corn commodity is corn sweetener, specifically high-fructose corn syrup. But we also dispose of overproduction in corn-fed beef, pork, and chicken. And now we're even teaching salmon to eat corn, because there's so much of it to get rid of.
There is a powerful industrial logic at work here, the logic of processing. We discovered that corn is this big, fat packet of starch that can be broken down into almost any basic organic molecules and reassembled as sweeteners and many other food additives. Of the 37 ingredients in chicken nuggets, something like 30 are made, directly or indirectly, from corn.
--- Michael Pollan
Pollan has written extensively about the American diet. Additional information at:
As we considered the industrial food landscape, the Castle Rock formation inspired a vision of the birth of supersized fries, emerging from a silvery slick deep frier river.
|Processed Views - Test for Fried Panorama|
Watkins came to California's gold rush with his boyhood friend Collis P. Huntington, who later gained fame as one of the "Big Four" of the Central Pacific Railroad. While neither succeeded in the gold fields, Huntington found success in the railroad and supplied Watkins with occasional employment and never ending free transportation. Huntington Died in 1900. His last job was photographing home of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, esteemed philanthropist and mother of Wm. Randolph. Watkins could not complete the job due to failing eyesight. He then retired to his small ranch in Yolo County, deeded to him by Huntington's Southern Pacific Railroad for past services. But he never recovered from the shock of losing his life's works, and in 1910 he was moved to Napa State Hospital for the insane, where he died at the age of 87.
Inspired by Watkins' City on a Hill, we considered the source of some of our food traditions. Many ancient cultures, in an effort to make use of all parts of an animal, rendered the fat to obtain oil for cooking. The chicharron originated in Spain and is popular in most Spanish speaking countries. Pork rinds are a traditional food is prevalent throughout Asia and Europe.Regardless of the history, consider the consequences. The upsurge in the consumption of snack food lead researchers at Scripps Research Institute to conclude that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a manner similar to addictive drugs like cocaine or heroin. After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure. After the junk food was taken away and replaced with a healthy diet the rats starved for two weeks instead of eating nutritious fare.
Find a short history of the rise of American junk food at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/weekinreview/08manny.html?_r=0
Processed Views: 1 Panorama of Avarice - City on the Hill, New Almaden, California by Carleton Watkins
New Almaden, located near San Jose, CA became a mining center in l845. It was the most prominent quicksilver (mercury) mine in the Western Hemisphere. Through the nineteenth century mining interests were able to purchase public land for their private use at a cost of no more than $5 per acre through the process of "claim" patents. Watkins took many landscapes and extensively documented mining in California.