Best Group Show: “Consumption: Food as Paradox” at Galerie Myrtis

2224 N. Charles St.,

Sometimes group shows give us a headache—conceptually incongruous, visually disorganized—but this one kept feeding us the more we visited. Approaching the rather open-ended idea of consumption, curator Aden Weisel brought together work by artists who use food imagery in a range of ways to tackle how food is tied into, well, everything—issues of race, class, gender, stereotype, and everything else. From iconographic portraits by Stephen Towns that layer how religion and racist and classist stereotypes (and the ritual aspect of these things) affect a black man’s self-identity; meticulous meat collages by Anna U. Davis, who explores the objectification of and violence toward women; Sue Johnson’s sickly faux/ceramic kitsch TV dinners; and many others show the layered and complicated associations everyone has to food.

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