Ken + Julia Yonetani_Urn of Grapes_2011_ Murray River Salt_edition of 3_74.5 x 33cm
Ken + Julia Yonetani are currently included in a group exhibition entitled Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life at Brenda May Gallery.
Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life will consider 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.
Some of the highlights will include a large installation of biscuit tins amassed by the artist Christine Turner over a 15-year period as well as an installation by Sue Saxon + Jane Becker of hundreds of fragile eggshells on strands of lights. The show will also include a number of photographs featuring melting ice sculptures by Janet Tavener, the colourful remnants of meals by Vin Ryan and both a colourful and melting ice block by Will Nolan. A sculpture composed of Murray River salt by Ken + Julia Yonetani will be offset by the artistic rendering of salt diffraction by Al Munro. The only traditional still life painting in the exhibition is by Michael Edwards who paints cement fruit which makes for a perfect pairing with the actual cast cement hamburgers by Will Coles.
Curator, Megan Fizell, is a Sydney-based art historian and writer concerned with the representation of food in the visual arts. She is currently the Manager at Brenda May Gallery and is the voice of the popular food and art blog, Feasting on Art, an innovative translation of painting to plate – recipes inspired by art.
The exhibition opening for Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life will be held on Saturday 6 October from 4-6pm at Brenda May Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo.