At the Table
16 March 2013 - 16 April 2013
Venue: Arts Project Australia
Opening: 16 March 2013, from 3-5pm
At the Table is a group exhibition that explores the theme of food in its many facets in the work of Arts Project Australia’s artists.
Food is not just something that feeds us and keeps us alive – perhaps because of its everyday nature, it is often overlooked as a vital part of our identity, our culture or our history. Even 75 years ago, George Orwell pointed out: “I think it could plausibly be argued that changes of diet are more important than changes of dynasty or even of religion... Yet it is curious how seldom the all-importance of food is recognized. You see statues everywhere to politicians, poets, bishops, but none to cooks or bacon-curers or market-gardeners.”
Food recalls memories, rituals and habits and is a way of sharing and connecting with others. In its various forms food is very closely linked with the family and the home, the place where many probably have the first memories of food, being fed, sitting around the table or perhaps watching someone cook. Rituals like afternoon tea or a drink at the pub become ingrained habits or nostalgic memories. Those who grew up in rural areas may even have memories of the cycle of food on a farm – collecting eggs or watching landscapes dotted with sheep or cows.
Food is also a long-standing subject throughout art history. From 30,000 year old cave depictions of the hunt to the rich still life paintings of the Dutch Masters and the Baroque era to Andy Warhol's pop image of the tomato soup can 40 years ago, what is it about food that drives an artist to depict what he or she eats?
In art, food is a versatile subject, where it can be used to tell a story, represent religious symbols or simply convey the beauty of nature's shapes and colours or the vessels that we use for eating and drinking. From a chicken’s egg to a coffee cup to a piece of fruit, food is symbolic and can be intimate, beautiful, quirky, abstract, practical and many things in between.
Through painting, drawing, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking and digital art, At the Table explores the continuing, evolving relationship between food and artist. From the early work of Fulli Andrinopoulos featuring abstracted fruit and vegetables to the stylised tea cups of Julian Martin, Anne Lynch's farm yard scenes and the miniature ceramic works of Terry Williams, this exhibition brings together a wide range of works spanning a 20 year period that reflect upon this all-important cultural subject: food.
Coinciding with At the Table is Dining with Art, an exclusive fundraising event on the evening of Thursday March 14 to support Arts Project artists in our studio. This event is sold out.
Curator(s): Emiko Davies
Artist(s): Steven Ajzenberg, Fulli Andrinopoulos, George Aristovoulou, Dorothy Berry, Peter Cave, Valerio Ciccone, Boris Cipusev, Alan Constable, Emily Dober, Dawn Edward, Patrick Francis, Matthew Gove, Paul Hodges, Miles Howard-Wilks, Ruth Howard, Kate Knight, Bobby Kyriakopoulos, Adrian Lazzaro, Fiona Longhurst, Anne Lynch, Julian Martin, Kaye McDonald, Cameron Noble, Jodie Noble, Tim Noble, Daniel Pace, Steven Perrette, Lisa Reid, Anthony Romagnano, Rebecca Scibilia, Cathy Staughton, and Terry Williams.
Matthew Gove Not titled 2012 acrylic on paper 28 x 38.5cm