From june 28 to september 21 2014 – Queensland Art Gallery – GOMA
‘Harvest’ explores the production, consumption and symbolism of food. It takes as a point of departure colonial legacies and globalisation, labour and consumption in relation to the food industry. The exhibition will include over 100 works from all areas of the Gallery’s Collection, and will be presented in conjunction with the Australian Cinémathèque program ‘Harvest: Food on Film’.
The exhibition draw on the Gallery’s historical and contemporary collections to consider the social, political and aesthetic implications of food production, distribution and consumption.
‘Food has long given sustenance to the artistic imagination – from the exotic foods and spices pictured in seventeenth-century northern European still-life paintings to contemporary artists’ renderings of global brands,’
‘On entering the Gallery audiences will encounter a major new wallpaper commission from California-based artist duo Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) whose public projects and site-specific installations work with fruit as a motif or material.
The relationship between food and art has never been so richly illustrated or explored than it will be in this exhibition. For food and art lovers alike, ‘Harvest’ explores the Gallery’s Collection in a very different light.’
‘In those 100 works are include the new acquisitions such as Mika Rottenberg’s video installation Mary’s cherries 2004, a fantastical comment on the absurdity of modern means of production and Yael Bartana’s photographs recreating imagined ‘lost’ images by Jewish-German photographers Leni and Herbert Sonnenfeld,’
Xu Zhen’s ShangART Supermarket 2008 recreates a fully stocked convenience store in the gallery space, while Aernout Mik’s video Pulverous 2003 shows a group of people fastidiously, often violently, demolishing the contents of a different kind of supermarket.
Also featured will be Rirkrit Tirvanija’s Untitled (lunch box) 2009, a fortnightly Thai lunch that four random Gallery visitors can sample, and Danish trio Superflex’s video documenting the inundation of a replica fast food restaurant in Flooded McDonald’s 2009.
Contemporary works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists included in the show trace ongoing connections between food, country, and cultural knowledge, such as Evelyn McGreen’s spirit basket linocuts and Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s yam dreaming paintings.