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Food Porn 

Show dates are December 13 through January 12, 2018

Opening Reception /  Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

We have all used the term ‘food porn’, Julie Gray and Katie Commodore, both graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, explore the term quite literally. Both artists explore women’s roles in the world through ‘traditional’ ‘women’s crafts’ including paper mache, embroidery, beadwork, and tapestry.

Katie Commodore’s work has concentrated on creating intimate portraits of friends, often focusing on how they express their sexuality. Not whether they prefer men or women, but sexuality in the broader sense- what is it that makes them feel sexy, and how do they express that.

Katie utilizes bright colors and vibrant wallpaper style patterns to ornament her portraits. Historians and anthropologists often use the decorative remnants (pots, jewelry, frescos, etc.) of past cultures to gain valuable insight into the lives of the people that created them, the same sort of cultural portrait can be drawn from our design choices today. She is incorporating a series of miniature portraits on free-trade ivory, a very traditional and antique medium. She contemporizes this otherwise archaic method by depicting ‘sexts’ that were sent to her from friends.

Julie K. Gray will create a series of sculptural cookbooks and an installation piece inspired by her grandmother’s kitchen via papier-mache, needlepoint and other craft materials. She pays homage to her grandmother, her Latvian roots and that fact that walking into her grandmother’s house (even to this day), feels as though you’re stepping into another time.

Just as the taste of a petit madeline acted as the conduit to Proust’s childhood memories flooding back, perhaps seeing a box of Jiffy cornbread mix or bottle of Manischewitz wine act as springboards for viewers’ memories. While Gray nods to the fetishization and commodification of food within these works, her primary goal is to speak about object memory related to these kitchen-based items, and how even the most specific of items can trigger similar memories between different viewers.