At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the most popular books for children is called Art Museum Opposites. This book juxtaposes some of the museum’s well-known pieces that illustrate opposite adjectives. One of my favorites is empty/full, contrasting Karim Rashid’s Garbino Can (from the design collection) with Marcel Broodthaer’s Triumph of the Mussels:
That really exemplifies “full,” doesn’t it? It looks even better next to the svelte, garbage-less Garbino Can.
I love the idea of contrasting works of art, so I’m borrowing the concept to introduce my new Gallery tab. I noticed that my Quick Bites page featured a number of links to pages for and about contemporary artists that feature food prominently in their work. I decided to give these artists their own space on my blog; grouping them together underscores how differently the common theme of food plays out among them. Food can be a shorthand for desire, consumption, pleasure, and more; the food elements can seem playful or threatening, sublime or ridiculous. This gallery will be updated as I discover more contemporary artists playing with their food, but this page will introduce you to a few of the artists by way of playful comparison:
Mouseover images for title (if known) and artist; click to visit the artist’s homepage.