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(forthcoming) Delight/Disgust | 2016

The artwork selected for this exhibition will be food-related pieces that embody the juxtaposition between delight and disgust. The exhibition will oscillate between art that is aesthetically pleasing, constructed from materials that are disgusting, to work that appears repulsive made with delicious substances. In addition, the show will consider the spectacle of disgust and its connection to voyeurism as well as the transition of food from something we desire into waste.

With this exhibition, I am seeking to question what we find delicious and disgusting and to explore the reasons why we feel one way or another. The show will feature historical and contemporary artworks by both Australian and international artists with a major component being a combination of interactive pieces as well as performance art. (images above: Left – Elizabeth Willing, Lick, 2009. Right – Claire Anna Watson, Sortie, 2009.)

Follow along on social media with the hashtag #delightdisgust.

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mouthfeel

Mouthfeel | June 2015 | Brenda May Gallery, Sydney

Mouthfeel is defined as the physical sensations in the mouth created by food or drink. The objective of this exhibition is to stimulate a synaesthetic response in the viewer through the observation of these films. The mouth is used by these artists to trigger the sense of taste and touch by the ingestion of edible and non-edible substances. (image – Nina Ross, The Foreignness of Language, 2011)

Read all posts related to this exhibition here and follow along on social media with the hashtag #mouthfeel2015.

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2013sugarsugar
Sugar, Sugar | 1 to 19 October 2013 | Brenda May Gallery, Sydney

This exhibition featured contemporary art made exclusively with sugar by ten female artists. By embodying the ephemeral nature of the substance, many of the installations only lasted for the duration of the exhibition.

As a species, we are predisposed to seek out sugar to supplement our diet. “Sweet tooth” and “sugar rush” are colloquial phrases used to describe our bodies’ cravings for and reaction to the substance. Our inclination to seek out the sweet stuff speaks to the pervasiveness of sugar in the visual arts.

Berry, Ashleigh. “What’s On.” Inner City Weekender 20 September 2013: 21. Print.
Gorman, James. “Exhibition Hoping to Prove a Sweet Success.” Central Magazine 25 September 2013: 7. Print.
Fizell, Megan. “Sugary Masterpieces.” Appetite November 2013: 44-47. Print.
Frost, Andrew. “Funny, crafty women make a serious point about our expectations of art.” The Guardian 1 Oct 2013. Web.
Frost, Andrew. “Sugar Sugar.” The Art Life 26 September 2013. Web.
Kumurdian, Dijana. “News Grab.” Vogue Living September/October 2013: 108. Print.
This month’s best shows.” Time Out Sydney October 2013: 46. Print.
Vandepeer, Sarah. “Sugar Sugar.” Art Almanac October 2013: 46-47. Print.
Wan, Ren. “Eyes on Food.” Antipasto 11 (2013): 10-15. Print.
Welch, Olivia. “Sweet Sense.” Trouble Magazine October 2013: 14-19. Web.

Read all posts related to this exhibition here. Exhibition catalogues are available to purchase, information about the print version here and to download a digital copy click here.

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2012artfood
Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life | 2 to 20 Oct 2012 | Brenda May Gallery

The curated group exhibition Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life at Brenda May Gallery in Sydney, considered the representation of food within the visual arts and beyond the standard still life tableaux. The consumption of food is a universally shared experience, enabling people viewing the exhibition to connect with the issues surrounding consumerism, food production and cultural identity.

Fizell, Megan.  “Humble food meets high art.” The Christian Science Monitor  13 October 2012. Web.
Going, Going… Art + Food.” The Sydney Morning Herald (Spectrum) 20-21 October 2012: 20. Print.
In the Art World: 1-7 October.” Vogue Living 2 October 2012. Web.
King, Darryn. “Art that says ‘Eat Me.” Time Out Sydney 25 September 2012. Web.
Wan, Ren. “Eyes on Food.” Antipasto 11 (2013): 10-15. Print.
What’s On.” The Daily Telegraph (Best Weekend) 20-21 October 2012: 7. Print.
Wolff, Sharne. “Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life.” The Art Life 28 September 2012. Web.

Read all posts related to this exhibition here.

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