for centuries, in nearly ever crevice of the world, artists of every medium have found inspiration by simply playing with their food. although, when we think of food in art, playfulness does not necessarily come to mind. for most of us, we recall something from a distant art history class, like the expertly crafted still-life’s of giusseppe arcimboldo, but today’s artists haven taken food to a new level. leaving their oil paints and fruit baskets behind.
for artist caitlin freeman, it wasn’t arcimboldo that inspired her to become a baker, but the accurately portrayed buttercream party cakes of wayne thiebaud. freeman creates sweet confections and fancy snacks based on special exhibits at san francisco’s museum of modern art. in her new book, “modern art desserts,” she details all the recipes and stories from her self proclaimed dream job, which she describes as responding to art through food.
taking typography to a new medium, austrian photographer and designer marion luttenberger has created a series of experimental typefaces using materials like food, fur, and water droplettes. some of her pieces feature words that are compiled of what they mean, like strips of bacon arranged to form the word “meats”. luttenberger does not try to preserve her works, and returns the typefaces back to their 2d state by photographing them.
via marion luttenberger
the ceramic sculptures of anna barlow will leave you hungry for more. their delightfully grotesque yet realistic nature seems to pull inspiration from our culture’s appetite for food, and the decadence of 17th century french aristocracy. barlow is interested in how food tells a story of the people it’s eaten by, and the place it’s in. like something out of sofia coppola’s film, marie antoinette, her sculptures are poised on the edge of ruin and decay.
via anna barlow
from garden grenades to dinner settings, the melbourne-based designer turns everyday oddities into iconic art. sonia rentsch is an expert in crafting clever concepts into deceptively effortless scenes, and has produced work for clients including the washington post, qantas, inside out, desktop, & the d&ad award winning publication rare medium. her work seems to recall a simpler time, when no one worried about where their food came from, but it also captures the shocking experience our culture currently has with food.
via sonia rentsch