Food-as-metaphor-for-life... as cocktail conversation topics go this one doesn't require much rigor in the way of mental gymnastics. Everyone's gotta eat, so most people have an opinion on it, right?
It just seems to me that most folks are intuitively dialed-in to the notion that the food we eat is much more meaningful than solely providing fuel for the body. It goes deeper. What you shovel into your mouth says a little something about who you are as an individual, giving some insight into your lifestyle and what's important to you. I think it was Batali who quipped that there are only two things you put inside of someone... and the other one is food. So, yeah, what we eat has its consequences: personally, politically, ecologically, etc.
But modest and easy cocktail conversation is about as far as I'd take it. Fortunately there are clever people out there to add their own bent on the issue, one of whom is Mark Menjivar, a San Antonio artist who's both willing and able to take a few more creative steps with the subject.
His exhibit, You Are What You Eat, is a collection of portraits featuring the interiors of refrigerators "...photographed as is. Nothing added, nothing taken away." It's an interesting take on an everyday thing that offers a very personal reflection of his subject(s). Clearly each is unique in myriad ways, but what binds them is the simple truth that at the end of the day, we all gotta eat.
Showing at the Southwest School of Art through the end of February.
Southwest School of Art
San Antonio, TX 78205
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