Sunday, February 12, 2017

'Cake Hole' at Mrs.

Totally thrilled to be a part of this show of painters I idolize who paint one of the top subjects in my book: cake!!  (Wayne Thiebaud?? Wha?!)  Totally bummed to miss the opening because I am supposed to have my baby in two days...and the sacrifices begin.  Hoping to get up on the tail end of the show or at least find the install shots and live through the digital version.  I will share what I find. For now here are some works from the show and the press release.

Will Cotton, Persistence of Desire 2, 2012, Oil on Linen, 47 x 32 inches

Press Release
Mrs. is excited to present Cake Hole, a group exhibition in collaboration with Doppelg√§nger Projects opening February 11 - April 1, 2017; including works by Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw, Robert Chamberlin, Caroline Wells Chandler, Jennifer Coates, Will Cotton, Gary Komarin, Aubrey Levinthal, Tracy Miller, Walter Robinson, Amy Stevens, Wayne Thiebaud and Mie Yim.
Wayne Thiebaud, Dark Cupcakes and Donuts, 2006Direct Gravure, Printed on Gampi Paper Chine Colle, 26 x 31 inches 
"The cake is for celebration, success, remembrance.  The cake is for the day you were born, first and foremost.  The cake can also commemorate the day you married your favorite person, the one who will hurt you worse than anyone else in your life (besides your mother).  The cake is smeared on your face, its crumbs sully your smile, its frosting corrodes your teeth.  The layers interspersed with goo are a sculpture for your mouth to dismantle with chewing and swallowing.  The digestive apparatus is an art critic writing a terrible review that ends in the toilet.  But first, where does cake come from?
Ancient Egyptians made breads sweetened with honey.  The Greeks had a form of cheesecake and the Romans developed early versions of fruitcakes which migrated through time and space to 14th century Britain.  Chaucer writes about enormous cakes made for special occasions.  The word cake was brought to England by Viking invaders, derived from the Old Norse “kaka.”  The marauding Vikings also brought the words knife and death.  Here is your dessert now let me stab you.

 Mie Yim, Chocolate Cake, 2015, Pastel on Martha Stewart Paintchip, 3 x 4 inches 

Cakes were originally decorated for displays at parties held by European aristocracy as far back as the 17th century.  In 19th century France, decorated cakes became available for everyone.  After World War II, American companies tried to sell cake mix to women who were transitioning from the wartime workforce back into the home.  Apparently, women found it too depressingly convenient to just add water to a pile of powder, so marketing psychologists determined that adding an egg might make them feel they were doing just enough for their families while also symbolically offering their fertility to hard working husbands.
The round shape of the cake connects to the sun and moon and annual cycles - ancient people offered them to the gods and spirits who exercised powers at certain times of the year.  But what of the piling, the layering of the cakes?  What is the origin of this confectionery architecture?  The impulse to pile can be traced to the stone cairn.  Humans have been piling rocks since Paleolithic times to use as burial monuments, for ceremonial and astronomical purposes, to mark trails.  This need to stack and layer is deep.  When you eat cake you are communing with celestial beings, you are merging with your ancestors, you are exerting magical manipulations on the cosmos.  When you enter the cake hole, you emerge fresh, new and holy."
-Text by Jennifer Coates
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Walter Robinson, Iced Lemon Pound Cake, 2016, Acrylic on Paper, 12 x 9 inches

Tracy Miller, Banana Stand, 2016, Oil on Canvas,  54 x 48 inches

P.S. Since I couldn't be at the opening I decided to finally conquer my tall Jello mold.  I've tried through the last couple years and epically failed.  So after three takes this weekend I finally got something....its creepy and so unappetizing!!  But it made me feel a little better.

(click on it for a jiggle)


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