It turns out that food art can be pretty bad, as we learned last Friday at Royal/T's latest (and last in this space) exhibit "The Art of Cooking." Works like a fleshy plush trumpet aside a McDonald's cup and sculptures that look like your five-year-old nephew simply mashed his dinner together weren't uncommon at the show's reveal on Friday night, in addition to a Kenny Scharf that had little, if anything, to do with food (curator Hanne Mugaas swears the flying objects are donuts) and a screechy band that riffed on the theme of eating a single sandwich. Still, there were a few works we actually kind of liked looking at, such as Olaf Breuning's googly-eyed tea kettle collection, Takeshi Murata's dystopian version of Popeye, or Scott Reeder's haunting look into a pot of pasta. Check out eight pieces we liked, plus a few of the crappier ones in this slide show look at Royal/T's "Art of Cooking."
The Art of Cooking
Curated by Hanne Mugaas. At Royal/T until August.
What's not to love about googly-eyed teapots?
by Olaf Breuning
Can't go wrong with Kaws, Smurfs, and hot dogs.
I, PopEye, 2010
By Takeshi Murata, showing the depressing drudgery of life as Popeye, in which all of his friends die and he eventually hangs himself.
Just appears to be someone playing with their food.
Kinda makes us never want to eat again.
Whose soul hasn't been saved by a holy muffaletta at some time or another?
by Scott Reeder, speak to anyone who has spent serious time with their head in a steaming bowl.
But of course...
Performed a 20-minute, most likely improvised and definitely horrible, ode to a sandwich.
Even gave an anthropomorphized fantasy sandwich a really bad trip.
What this has to do with food, but we like it.
Mr. Toast and Pals
Adorable, as always.
"The Art of Cooking" could well be the cosplay cafe's last show.
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