|Just when I think my musings are getting pretty esoteric I stumble upon something like this!|
|For Immediate Release
Contact: Emily Zaiden
(Los Angeles, CA) – On November 17, 2012, the Craft in America Study Center in Los Angeles will proudly inaugurate a three-part series of exhibitions focusing on the intersection of contemporary craft and food, “Good Enough to Eat: the Fusion of Food and Craft”. These shows will explore work by innovators who are redefining craft and the new role that it serves in our increasingly food-centric culture.
The exhibitions will approach food-driven craft from three angles:
Food was a motivational font for craft from its earliest origins. Objects have facilitated and elevated the act of cooking and consumption throughout history, from woven baskets to clay storage jars, blown glass vessels and metal utensils. In the first segment, “Food as Impetus for Craft,” we will feature functional, exceptional objects designed for the multi-sensory enhancement of food preparation or presentation. Well-executed serving pieces and kitchen tools transform the edible experience and encourage us to stop and think about what we eat and how things taste. They mark the ceremony of holiday dinners, set the tone of social gatherings and become invested with memories of our most cherished meals. Katherine Gray’s conceptual glassware, Chunghi Choo’s sculptural silver, Julia Galloway’s lyrical yet utilitarian ceramics and Mark Hewitt’s classic pottery are among the pieces that will be highlighted.
The second portion of the exhibition, “Food as Subject for Craft,” will feature work by artists who deal with edible subject matter in their creations, through visual depiction or conceptual reference. Among the selected artists, glass maestra Beth Lipman brings the still life into 3-dimensions with sculptures that appear frozen in time. Sienna DeGovia, an emerging Los Angeles artist, explores issues of superficiality and overindulgence through polymer sculptures of candy and other hyper-saccharinated treats. Known for his whimsical mixed media assemblages, Peter Shire causes us to question the boundaries between functional and purely sculptural handmade objects.
“Food as Medium for Craft,” the final segment, will include a range of work created from edible materials. The work will span from professional artists who are boldly experimenting with new potential substances, to master carvers from beyond the traditional confines of the art world who sculpt fruit, vegetable and dairy products into over-the-top showstoppers. This third segment will broaden definitions of craft and examine historic, yet overlooked aspects of the craft world.
The “Good Enough to Eat” exhibition series promises to be a feast for the senses.
Programming woven throughout the duration of the exhibition series will examine the new wave of edible or consumable craft with talks and demonstrations by noted artisanal food pioneers, food authors and food stylists. A lecture and workshop schedule is forthcoming.
About CRAFT IN AMERICA
The Craft in America Study Center is located at 8415 West Third Street, 2 blocks East of La Cienega. The Study Center is open Thursday – Saturday from 12:00 – 6:00 pm. For more information: email@example.com or (323) 951-0610.