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THE BELLY RULES THE MIND

NG ART COOKS UP A PROVERBIAL FEAST FOR INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL

Chippendale gallery NG Art is to celebrate the SMH International Food Festival in October with a unique exhibition focusing on those pithy little nuggets of wisdom - proverbs. The Belly Rules the Mind from 5 to 23 October, has invited some of Sydney’s most creative talents to depict a number of artworks, using the proverb as inspiration.


Artists such as Archibald finalist Nicholas Stathopoulos, political cartoonist and artist Eric Lobbecke, recipient of the Residency Cite International des arts Paris, Craig Waddell, winner of the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Laurie Mossuto, to name but a few will create a number of works each, based on their impression of how well known foodie verses, both modern and ancient, have impacted on the customs and traditions of different societies. And they certainly have a surfeit of choice, including: A smiling face is half the meal (Latvian); Eat little, sleep sound (Iranian); and Don’t dig your grave with your knife and fork (English).



Formally described as is a short sentence, usually known by many people, stating something commonly experienced or giving advice, the humble proverb can be attributed to some of history’s greatest minds. The self-educated American inventor Benjamin Franklin, for example, is author of To err is human, to repent divine and No gains without pains; whilst Greek philosopher Aristotle is responsible for first trying to classify proverbs, stating that ‘Proverbs are . . . elements of old philosophy which survived thanks to their brevity and dexterity.’


There is a natural affiliation between the proverb and food. Proverbs, like gastronomy, transcend cultural boundaries. They can be comforting and helpful, as the case with the Jewish proverb Worries go down better with soup; or even informative and educational – as in the Polish proverb that insists that Fish, to taste right, must swim three times - in water, in butter, and in wine.
NG Art Curator Nicky Ginsberg said today: ‘Francis Bacon said the genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs. This exhibition will tap into that proverbial genius in relation to global gastronomy. I can’t wait to see what our artists will dish up!’


Artists such as Jan Steen and Pieter Brueghel the Elder have long used proverbs in their work. Brueghel’s Netherlandish Proverbs (1559) is one of the more famous examples, containing depictions of over 100 proverbs, whilst Steen’s chaotic domestic scenes fashioned their very own Dutch proverb: A Jan Steen Household.
For those who can’t get enough of these catchy witticisms, a special Feast of the Senses dinner will take place during the exhibition, where people can enjoy a delicious meal created by Mission Restaurant plus take part in a Q&A with the artists and local personalities.



The Belly Rules the Mind opens on Tuesday 5 October and runs for three weeks. Bookings for Mission Restaurant and the Feast of the Senses dinners are recommended.

For further information, please email ng@ngart.com.au

Scroll right to view a selection of images from The Belly Rules The Mind.

View the exhibition invitation here



EXHIBITING ARTISTS INCLUDE

Vicki White
Gorgi Dimcevski
Craig Waddell (Gallery 9)
Murray Bird (Dickerson Gallery)
Zai Kuang (Eva Breuer Art Dealer)
Rudy Kistler (Charles Hewitt Gallery)
Nick Stathopoulos (NG Art Gallery)
Anita Tesoriero (NG Art Gallery)
Eric Lobbecke (NG Art Gallery)
Lydia Miller (NG Art Gallery)
Laurie Mossuto
Nick Collerson
Sue Jarvis


 
NICK STATHOPOULOS
Just A Spoonful

 


 
NICK STATHOPOULOS
You Are What You Eat

 


 
LAURIE MOSSUTO
The Meat In The Sandwich

 


 
LAURIE MOSSUTO
Keep Your Eye On The Doughnut And Not The Hole

 


 

LAURIE MOSSUTO
Apple Of My Eye

 


 

CRAIG WADDELL
Strawberries & Cream

 


 

CRAIG WADDELL
Strawberry & Cream Dreams

 


 

CRAIG WADDELL
Strawberry Delight

 


 
MURRAY BIRD
Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth

 


 
MURRAY BIRD
The Sweetest Grapes Hang The Highest

 


 
MURRAY BIRD
You Can’t Make An Omelet Without Breaking Eggs

 


 
GORGI DIMCEVSKI
He Put The Pan On The Fire, But The Fish Was Still In The Ocean

 


 
GORGI DIMCEVSKI
Let The Animals Drink Water, I’ll Stick To Wine

 


 
GORGI DIMCEVSKI
It Doesn’t Matter If The House Is Small, As Long As There Is Drinking And Merrymaking In It

 


 
LYDIA MILLER
The Forbidden Fruit Tastes The Sweetest

 


 
LYDIA MILLER
Worries Go Down Better With Soup

 


 
LYDIA MILLER
Fish, To Taste Right, Must Swim Three Times - In Water, In Butter, And In Wine

 


 
ZAI KUANG
The Kitchen Is The Heart Of The Home

 


 
VICKI WHITE
Eat Well, Drink In Moderation & Sleep Sound, In These Three Good Health Abound

 


 
VICKI WHITE
The More You Eat, The Less The Flavour; The Less You Eat The More The Flavour

 


 
VICKY WHITE
The Way To A Man's Heart Is Through His Stomach

 


 
ERIC LOBBECKE
When Chickens Have Teeth

 


 
ERIC LOBBECKE
The Best Broths Are Made In The Oldest Pots

 


 
ERIC LOBBECKE
A Nickel Will Get You On The Subway, But Garlic Will Get You A Seat

 


 
RUDY KISTLER
All of my eggs

 


 
RUDY KISTLER
Make Lemonade

 


 
RUDY KISTLER
Where I make my bread

 


 
ANITA TESORIERO
Don't put all your eggs in one basket

 


 
ANITA TESORIERO
An apple a day

 


 
SUE JARVIS
When eating bamboo shoots remember the man who planted them

 


 
SUE JARVIS
Without fingers the hand would be a spoon

 


 
SUE JARVIS
Watering is the practice of gentleness