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Tracy Luff



A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
 

As the month of October sees the annual SMH Crave International Food Festival return to feed the rumbling bellies of Sydney's foodies, Chippendale's NG Art Gallery is offering patrons a nourishing experience of a different kind.

The gallery's latest exhibition A Cabinet of Curiosities to be opened by Wayne Tunnicliffe Head Curator of Australian Art, AGNSW on Tuesday 27 September serves up a unique homage to the phenomenon of Food as a personified figure in our lives, courtesy of the introspective, gastro-memories of 21 artists.

Traditionally reserved for eccentric gentry, Cabinets of Curiosities, were precursors to the Modern Museum that attempted to renew marvel in a life beyond nomenclature and provoke a dialogue between seemingly unrelated cultural objects and artifacts.

 

 

 


 

Traveling as far away from the general intuition of eating as a mere ritual of survival, the cabinet’s collective re-examines the very concept of human nourishment and what it is that feeds our own narrative of memory and creativity.

In appropriating such an institution, NG Art Gallery Director Nicky Ginsberg has invited artists such as Archibald Prize finalist James Powditch, prominent photo media artists Anne Zahalka, 2006 Head On Photographic Prize winner Patricia Casey and 2010 Mosman Art Prize winner Craig Waddell, along with NG Art sculptors Jane Gillings, Mai Long, Steven Vella, Susan O'Doherty, hand cut paper artist Lizzie Buckmaster Dove to name but a few, to contribute to the eclectic cabinet-of-all-sorts and reinterpret their own, indeed humanity’s, life long affair with food and the sustenance that feeds this culture.


 

To complement the object based art in the upper gallery, Janet Tavener has been engaged to display photographic works at Mission Restaurant below NG Art Gallery to explore the natural affiliation between lens and food, lens and object and indeed the memory and character contained within objects.

From the weird and wonderful cases illuminated by the late night flickering of a fridge light, to the more nightmarish and profane experiences of separation, abuse and deprivation; the idiosyncratic objects of NG Art Gallery's A Cabinet of Curiosities demonstrate the enduring relationship between, and metaphoric and story-telling possibilities of food and art that prompts us to consider our own relationship with an unassuming, edible life-partner.

 


For those looking for some additional creative nourishment and to rejuvenate their own relationship with Food, food writer and author John Newton, will present a special Feast for the Senses dinner with guest speaker, National Art School Director Professor Anita Taylor on Wednesday 12 October on Life's Long Affair with Food - Memory & Sustenance.

A Cabinet of Curiosities will open on Tuesday the 27th of September and runs for three weeks.



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

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List of Artists

 
KENDAL MURRAY
Breakfast Time Just in Time



Courtesy of the artist &
Art House Gallery

 


 
KENDAL MURRAY
Goodwill, Refill, Barbecue Grill



Courtesy of the artist &
Art House Gallery

 


 

STEVEN VELLA
Ceremonial staff with horns and mussel shells


Courtesy of the artist &
NG Art Gallery

 


 
STEVEN VELLA
Bone Mandala



Courtesy of the artist &
NG Art Gallery

 


 
STEPHEN BIRD
Eyes and toast



Courtesy of the artist &
Rex Irwin Art Dealer

 


 
STEPHEN BIRD
Oedipus toby



Courtesy of the artist &
Rex Irwin Art Dealer

 


 
LIZZIE BUCKMASTER DOVE
Untold Story



Courtesy of the artist &
NG Art Gallery

 


 
LIZZIE BUCKMASTER DOVE
Untitled (Cluster)



Courtesy of the artist &
NG Art Gallery

 


 
WILL COLES
Sweet Tooth

 


 
WILL COLES
Cakes for Capitalists II

 


 
DI HOLDSWORTH
Misty



Courtesy of the artist &
Damien Minton Gallery

 


 
JANE GILLINGS
Chocolate Temple



Courtesy of the artist &
NG Art Gallery

 


 
JANET TAVENER
Frozen Dinner - Bangers and Mash

 


 
JANET TAVENER
Frozen Dinner - Prawns and Lettuce

 


 
ANNE ZAHALKA
There is a prospect of a thrilling time ahead



Courtesy of the artist &
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

 


 
SUSAN O'DOHERTY
Kitchener



Courtesy of the artist &
NG Art Gallery

 


 
SUSAN O'DOHERTY
Slow cooking



Courtesy of the artist &
NG Art Gallery

 


 
JACKIE CAVALLARO
But language can't label this jar of light

 


 
JAMES POWDITCH
Grapes of Wrath - Made in the USA


Courtesy of the artist &
Australian Galleries Sydney & Melbourne

 


 
HIDEMI TOKUTAKE
Kara

 


 
LEE MATHERS
Sweet Ride II



Courtesy of the artist &
Art House Gallery

 


 
LEE MATHERS
Sweet Reminders



Courtesy of the artist &
Art House Gallery

 


 
MAI NGUYEN-LONG
Charred Fare



Courtesy of the artist &
NG Art Gallery

 


 
PATRICIA CASEY
Lovers' Remedy (Belladonna)



Courtesy of the artist &
NG Art Gallery

 


 
PATRICIA CASEY
Lovers' Remedy (Angel Trumpet)



Courtesy of the artist &
NG Art Gallery

 


 
MADELEINE HAYES
Unicone



Courtesy of the artist &
King Street Gallery

 


 
MADELEINE HAYES
Doughnut selection



Courtesy of the artist &
King Street Gallery