CORNUCOPIA

VENUE: SAM (Shepparton Art Museum)
27/2/2016 - 22/5/2016

ARTISTS: Lauren Berkowitz (AU), Julie Crouan (AU), A Centre for Everything (AU),Gabrielle de Vietri (AU), Julia deVille (NZ/AU), Mishka Henner (UK), The Hotham Street Ladies (AU), Georgie Mattingley (AU), Patricia Piccinini (AU),Kenny Pittock (AU), SUPERFLEX (DK), Sam Taylor-Johnson (UK), Kawita Vatanajyankur (THA), Claire Anna Watson (AU) and Andy Warhol (USA).

CURATOR: Anna Briers

Cornucopia (meaning Horn of Plenty) profiles works by established and early career artists who utilise food and flora as an artistic medium or point of departure. A multidisciplinary and trans-historical show, the exhibition teases out strands of investigation around the production, consumption and distribution of food, as well as its metaphoric potential, socio-cultural uses and representation within art history.

 

Food, and its ethics, are very much topics of our time. What we consume, how it’s produced, and how it arrives at our table are realities of our every-day lives. Cornucopia touches on many of these themes: from food miles and sustainability to famine, genetic modification and the consequences of globalised production. The exhibition also explores cultural and religious food traditions and the significance of certain ingredients such as olive oil and salt. Located in regional Victoria, SAM also celebrates those marvellous Australian institutions such as the Country Woman’s Association and their pursuit of the perfect asparagus roll and cup of tea.

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE featuring a curatorial essay available from the SAM Shop or public libraries.

SELECTED REVIEWS

 

Sonia Harford, Back to the source for Shepparton Art Museum's Cornucopia exhibition. Sydney Morning Herald 25/02/2016

Sarah Werkmeister, Cornucopia. Art Guide 3/03/2016

Sara Sweet, Cornucopia. Art Almanac 29/02/2016

Brooke Boland, Art Serves Up Food This Month. Artshub 7/03/2016

 

Hero image:

Kawita Vatanajyankur

The Squeezers, 2015

single channel HD video, 2min 35 sec

courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney. © the artist