Gallery Director:Rhona McBain
Department of Art109 Porter Hall Pittsburg State University 1701 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762
Juror’s Statement, Liz Hickok As an artist who deals with the subject of food on a daily basis, I found it fascinating and enlightening to be the juror for the Feast exhibition. The range and breadth of work that was entered was inspiring. Personally, I use Jell-O as an art medium because of its unexpected qualities of color, light, and humor. The gelatinous cities I create shake, glow, and grow moldy in a way that could never be replicated with a tradition art material.
But the many artists in this show, who come from all over the country, used an incredible diversity of materials to reflect upon the subject of food. People submitted drawings and painting, photography, clay, jewelry, prints, installation, glass… the list goes on. Many of the pieces were incredibly well-crafted, while others were more experimental or expressive. And like me, some artists used actual food to paint or sculpt their pieces, creating very evocative work.
Although the work came from such diverse disciplines, it all stemmed from the common thread that food is essential to the human experience. Food is part of our social life, our emotions, our daily routine, and even our politics. The artists in The Feast used these themes, and others to create work that was touching, poetic, humorous, and beautiful.
The FEAST: A Juried Exhibit Brochure (PDF) The Feast Press Release (PDF)
San Francisco in Jell-O by Liz Hickok
Meet The Feast Artists
Meet the Award Winners