It was a trilogy of an invitation that proved impossible to ignore. The digital invite came via a pitch, Edible Manhattan, and Facebook.
Truth is, food and drink events are on such high calendar command this time of year, so the thrice delivered outreach proved a lucky charm.
Given that it’s harvest season, the cornucopia of food as art events is not altogether out of character.
Besides, food as art is irresistible. This Examiner is utterly smitten with culinary art. And it seems Food-as-Art is having its own moment. I just covered edible art in this column: Eat Art Cheese Exhibit at French Cheese Board.
The Gallery Juno in SoHo “Art Inspired by Food” group exhibition was a second helping, more-please, eat art.
Posthaste, in time for the opening reception Thursday evening, this Examiner was joined by food artist and an award-winning children’s book illustrator, Bek Millhouse.
Together, we admired and discussed the luscious fruit and vegetables hanging in the Gallery Juno as part of the featured exhibit.
It’s smallish, one -room gallery. On opening night, guests were eager, polite, and keen to learn about the featured artists: Robin Antar, Carlos Castano, Deborah Chabrian, Yuka Imata, Randall W. L. Mooers, Riano D. Reno, Linda West.
We were fortunate to meet three of the talented painters. As part of the Gallery’s exhibit, their profiles are provided as such:
Carlos Castano is a painter’s painter, employing a light, feathery, textural brushwork that dances over all of the elements in his classical still lifes – foods, table surfaces, and simple tonal backgrounds – and establishes a perfect homogeneity of color and form. Castano’s work is the perfect example of the way in which an artist sensitive to the perceptual effects of his subject can create new life from that which is inherently life-less; the “still” life rendered active…animate…alive
Riano D. Reno’s subtle still lifes belie an quiet yet wholly vivacious personality. Through enigmatic combinations of subject matter, from fish and gourds to bottles of whiskey and cigars, Reno uniquely synthesizes these unrelated elements into one singular voice, they feel something like characters in a play, small inanimate actors on a set-table stage working for the greater good of the production. “Painting being a matter of interpretation, my aim is to find the right light key, placing the colors and shapes together as a jigsaw puzzle, and integrating all these different parts to form a harmonious whole.”
Like a number of the artists in Art Inspired By Food, Linda West works within the traditional practice of the painted still life, carefully considering the effect of color and texture in her designs, and taking cues from the “personality of the setup and the mood”. Through soft and lush brushwork, swirls of sugary icing adorn colorful cupcakes, ripe fruits burst with color, and vegetables, tableware, and surface harmonize through bold compositions of vibrant arrangements.
The colors, rich tableau, along with the wonder and beauty of our reverence for food, makes this an exhibit to see.
Art Inspired by Food – Now through November 27, 2015, . Gallery Juno is located at 594 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 212-31-1515