Opening April 27th and running through August, Royal/T is hosting an exhibition that marries art and culinary prowess. Aptly named The Art of Cooking, the show is curated by Hanna Mugaas and will feature a smorgasbord of food-oriented pieces, where modern delicacies double as canvases.
Set in Royal/T's Culver City space, the exhibition aims at highlighting the pleasures of the culinary arts, whether in taste, preparation, or appearance. Spanning several mediums and food groups, featured artists use clothing, painting, photography, and performance to explore their own relationship with food. From Scott Reeder’s spaghetti paintings, which toy with the nature of today’s media, to Amy Yao’s hot dog encrusted clothing, the diverse spectrum of tone flavors the exposition. An impressive array of artists participate, including Kenny Scharf, Olaf Breuning, Yoshitomo Nara, Lucien Smith, Patterson Beckwith, and Marylin Minter. Mugaas wishes to acknowledge the importance food plays in contemporary society while simultaneously embracing the humor in much of the work.
Viktor Kopp. “Left Chocolate,” (2011). Oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Bureau.
Olaf Breuning. “The Collectors,” (2006). Glass eyes on pottery. Courtesy the artist.
Guillaume Pilet. “Lazy Bird,” (2012). Salt bread sculpture on pedestal. Courtesy the artist.
Theo Rosenblum. “Ghoul Whip II,” (2010). Mixed media. Courtesy the artist.
Scott Reeder. “Pear Painting,” (2011). Oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist.
Lucien Smith. “Cherrios (x2),” (2012). Cherrios on canvas. Courtesy the artist.
Josh Blackwell. “Khim,” (2012). Plastic shopping bags. Courtesy the artist.
Ann Cathrin November Hoibo. “Untitled #3,” (2012). Bronze cast noodles. Courtesy the artist.
Aurie Ramirez. “Untitled, ” (2008). Courtesy the artist and Creative Growth.
Takeshi Murata. “I, PopEye,” (2010). Still from video. Courtesy the artist, Salon 94, and Ratio 3.
Written by Rachel Ellison