Food for thought in diverse exhibition
I think a lot about food.
Yes, and when you look at me you think ‘and that’s not all you’re doing, fella’ and you’re right on that front.
But what do you get when academics and artists are given the same brief for a contemplation of food? You get a thoroughly absorbing and pretty freewheeling exhibition, Imagining food: art, aesthetics and design.
From the intricate, appleseed-filled pieces by renowned artist Di Allison to native foods and even 3-D printed fruit, hinting at where tomorrow’s food might come from, Imagining food is a compelling journey that’ll have you thinking about the ethics of what you eat and how. And how much.
There’s a small but very poignant piece that highlights the difficulties of living with a food allergy to works that range from sensual to funny to academic (you could easily pick the pieces by researchers who couldn’t resist providing a lengthy curatorial treatise expounding on their motivation and methodology).
The artworks include sculpture, video installation, painting on aluminium and silverware.
Not all the pieces are new and not all stick the landing but it’s a tremendous mix and I can’t help but think it must have been a fascinating creative process, drawing educators and researchers into a far more abstract field. Good on them for getting it out there, too: this is a fascinating show that is sure to make you question what goes into your next meal.
A word of warning: the show features a taxidermied (I can’t bring myself to call it ‘stuffed’) bobby calf making a painful but worthwhile point. And that point is that all food, especially meat, comes from somewhere; there’s an interesting companion piece of sorts, inside the larger of two exhibition spaces Imagining food occupies, that charts a philosophy lecturer’s journey from omnivore to vegan.
Academy Gallery, Inveresk, until 7 April.