Intended to induce “the pleasures of the table”, the exhibition The Art of Cooking showcases artists who are making use of food in their work – as obsession, exploration or celebration – and often with a big dash of humor. The works included span different media, from drawing and painting to digital prints and clothing. Takeshi Murata updates the traditional still life to digital 3D prints of empty beer cans and fast food cups. Viktor Kopp’s focus is on chocolate bars, which he continuously paints, experimenting with the rigid geometry of the grid. Amy Yao shows clothing ornamented with hot dogs and bananas, from a collection based on the chance encounter of a sewing machine and a banana on a kitchen table. Josh Blackwell embroiders throwaway grocery plastic bags into precious objects. Scott Reeder makes abstract paintings using raw and cooked spaghetti, playing with the macho, academic nature of that media– and Kenny Scharf paints donuts humorously floating in surreal skies.
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