(Los Angeles, CA) - The Craft in America Study Center tops off its series of exhibitions focusing on the intersection of contemporary craft and food culture with, Good Enough to Eat: Food as Medium for Craft, which will showcase art that is made of, or incorporates, edible substances. The most unconventional group of work from the three-part series, the selected artists use food to surprise and beguile. The show is a chance to look at what we eat from an entirely fresh perspective. The exhibition opens to the public with a reception featuring fruit and vegetable carvings by award-wining chef Ray Duey on Saturday April 20th from 5-7pm.
In this age of food-centrism in popular culture, food is providing artists with endless inspiration thematically, physically, and symbolically. With palpable avant-garde spirit, each artist boldly looks beyond the confines of the establishment. They each find new inspiration in alternative materials that offer multi-sensory potential.
From biting wit to sensuality, identity politics and a deep respect for tradition, these selected works represent a range of perspectives and treatments. The ephemeral, fragile nature of edible substances gives these works added intrigue. In some cases, edible materials subtly infuse the artworks with an innovative twist. In others, food is the focus and heart of the piece. The meaning of nourishment and gluttony are currents that resurface throughout the show.
The final portion of the 3-part exhibition, Food as Medium for Craft will span from professional artists who are boldly experimenting with new 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. Related artist lectures, workshops and demonstrations are planned in conjunction with the exhibition.
Artists in the exhibition include:
Lilyana Bekic, Yuyen Chang, Sienna DeGovia, Kristin DuCharme, Liz Hickok, Jan Hopkins, Renee Kalmar, Charlotte Kruk, Catherine McEver, Amber O’Harrow, Nancy Peppin, Sarah Perry, Steven Portigal, Kerianne Quick, Kelsey Simmen, Elizabeth Steiner, and Lori Zimmerman.
About CRAFT IN AMERICA
Craft in America is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing original handcrafted work, through educational programs in all media, accessible to all. The Craft in America project includes a national prime time PBS documentary series, a 300-page companion book, traveling museum exhibitions, and an extensive website with teachers’ guides and video clips of artists at work. The Craft in America Study Center is an extensive craft-focused library, an archive of video footage, and a gallery space with rotating exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary artists who work in craft.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 951-0610.