Gallery I — From Farm to Fork
S.V. Medaris & Alicia Rheal
MON, JUN 30 - SUN, SEP 7, 2014
Taking into consideration the uniquely long, narrow shape of the gallery, From Farm to Fork will take the viewer down the hallway progressing from season to season. Visitors will witness the changes in color, pattern and growth that occur within and around the various farm animals that Rheal and Medaris nurture to maturity.
Starting at the Rotunda/Lobby end of the gallery, Spring and it’s newborn creatures begin, with light,floral surroundings. Then summer and rapid growth, richer colors, warmth and larger animals come next. End of season approaches towards the end of the gallery, with very mature hogs, turkeys, and so forth, surrounded by rich, dark wallpaper that pulls youinto the dining room and the table filled with the bounty of the harvest season.
Taking into consideration the diverse groups and age-range of the gallery visitors, Rheal and Medaris will take care in how they translate the harvest section of the exhibit. Whilethe artists strive to educate the public about what it is like to raise animals for the eventual harvest, they also strive to entertain and delight with bright and colorfu lgraphics. The potential “harvested” works of art will include brightly-colored, graphically-styled (woodcut), cuts of bacon, hams, plucked chickens, and sausage links, all mounted on plywood and varnished to give a bright and shiny, coveted feel to the objects.
The work will consist of large-scale paintings and woodcuts, adhered to cut outplywood forms; as well as regular-sized, framed paintings and woodcuts. Behind theseframed pieces, there will possibly be “wallpaper” (woodcut-printed patterns onpigmented paper, attached to wall with magnets) accenting sections of the wall,depicting the particular season and life stage of the creatures. Medaris and Rheal continue to explore (and share with the viewer) their relationship with the animals theyraise for consumption as well as those they care for in companionship. Alicia has vast experience in painting scenic backdrops, utilizing techniques of trompel'oeil and other tricks of the trade. Combined with Sue’s graphic style, humor, and richly colored details, the pair hope to create a visual smorgasbord of life on the farm as well asthe harvest on the table – from farm to fork.
Image Credit: S.V. Medaris, Taliesin Goose
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