EAT!

HAPPENINGText: Karen Lee

Eat!, presents a collection of international and Australian artists who play with food in contemporary art in all its forms – painting, photography, installation, sculpture, video and performance works at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA).

Billy Apple, 2 minutes, 33 seconds, 1962, installation view, Eat!, MCA, 1998, image courtesy and © the artist
Billy Apple, 2 minutes, 33 seconds, 1962, Installation view, Eat!, MCA, 1998, Photo: © Courtesy of MCA and the artist

Highlights of the show include Barry Humphries’s Cakescape (1958/98), a simulated landscape made of generic Australian sugar-treats, like lamingtons, swiss rolls, sponge fingers, hundreds and thousands, and fruit, rainbow tiara, marble, sponge, and fairy cakes.

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Installation view, Eat!, MCA, 1998, Photo: © Courtesy of MCA and the artists

Also of note are Strange Attractions (1998), by Mishka Borowski, who has meticulously drawn erotic poses in white icing on a white wall, and “Noodle Girl” (1995) and “Noodle Boy” (1995) by Japanese artist, Majima Ryoichi, whose work consists of lifesize resin human beings in jacuzzi-sized soup bowls munching on noodles while watching TV.

Eat!
Date: April 10th – June 28th, 1998
Place: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
Address: 140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney
Tel: +61 2 9245 2400
https://www.mca.com.au

Text: Karen Lee

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