Food for thought at Simmons: New Trustman Gallery show will give students a lot to chew on

By Jessie Kuenzel
Staff Writer

 

As college students, there’s one thing that we’re always thinking about: food. When are we going to eat? Where are we going to eat? What are we going to eat? Can we even afford to eat? The food-related thoughts are endless.

Coming soon to the Trustman Gallery however is a presentation of food that far outstrips anything Bartol could produce, even on its best night.

Now before you get the wrong idea, this new exhibit doesn’t have anything you can eat, but it will definitely be worth checking out nonetheless.

“Comestibles,” opening on Nov. 11, will feature four amazing artists whose work shares their intimate and unique experiences with food.

From the video work of Rebecca Colón and Joseph Douilliette, and mixed media by Judith Klausner, to the photography of Tara Sellios, every piece is sure to have you reconsidering your relationship with food.

Oreos—the United State’s top-selling cookie—will never quite be the same after viewing Judith Klausner’s intricate cookie carvings. Using her considerable talent, and probably a very steady hand, Klausner carves into the crème of the Oreo to create the illusion of old-fashioned cameos. Her other work includes embroidering on toast and Corn Chex.

While her delicate work is immediately pleasing to the eye, it also leaves us pondering deeper questions about the changes in women’s domestic expectations that have come over the years.

Joseph Douillette will be presenting two charming videos: one about his foray into the wold of mushroom hunting, and one that is lauded as a “pure epicurean pleasure.” Rebecca Colón’s “The Way I See It” uses her experience as a farmer in the midwest to show the contrast between—and work to deconstruct—the romanticized idea of a connection with the land, and the idea of  the soulless mechanized framing industry of today.

“Gorgeously repellent” is a phrase that has been used to describe Tara Sellios’ photographs. The horizontal compositions in her “Seven Evil Thoughts” series elaborate on the carnal nature of the consumption of animals.

Between Oreos masquerading as cameos, and photographs of blood and bones, this exhibit is sure to get viewers thinking about food in more ways than “what should I put on my grocery list?”

While food is a staple in our everyday lives, it isn’t often that we get to escape from our own thoughts and ideas and encounter food for the first time again from a whole new perspective. This upcoming show at the Trustman Gallery is sure to be a stimulating experience for the eyes and the mind.

“Comestibles” will be available for viewing in the Trustman Gallery between Nov. 11 and Dec. 13 (with the exception of Nov. 27-29, when the gallery will be closed).

A reception will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Trustman Art Gallery website at http://www.simmons.edu/trustman.

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