Past Exhibition 2013: Seeing Food

Food. Its production, distribution, and consumption impacts our lives in myriad ways, shaping our landscape, culture, and family interactions. 

Seeing Food, reminds us of Montgomery County’s agricultural roots and explores the ways in which artists have both viewed and manipulated food, whether in paint, fiber, photographs, glass, video, or poetry.

Several artists, such as Nori Thorne and Vicky Surles, document Montgomery County’s fertile farmland and produce with rich pastels, oils, and watercolors, as do Susan Bradley, Sandra Levineand Moira Ratchford.  Others focus on the human interaction with food, beautifully recorded in paint byCathy Abramson and in video by Mark Pagan. In his experimental short film, Pagan examines the psychological links between food preparation and family. Still for some, food becomes a formal device, collaged with other elements so that shape and color are emphasized, exemplified in Joyce Jewell’s vivid digital prints. Wilfred Brunner takes a cerebral approach to painting, mixing image with text and creating color harmonies with the greens and reds of fresh produce against textured backgrounds. Veronica Hunter’senigmatic photographic series depicts a pair of glitter-coated potatoes. Evoking two bodies, each image becomes a frame in an animated film.

The exhibition includes quilts by fiber artists Susan Callahan—also a chef—Jan Gavin, andSusan Walen, as well as elegant serving platters by fused glass artist Jill Tanenbaum. Lastly, Seeing Food features a poetry installation by Maritza Rivera, conceived in the Cordel tradition, a Brazilian art form where poets hang their verses across vending stalls.  We hope you enjoy this sumptuous repast. 

Seeing Food was co-juried by Dorit Yaron, Acting Director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Dr. Michele Cohen, Director of the Public Arts Trust of Montgomery County and Curator of the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery.