Food: Friend or Foe

What: Food: Friend or Foe
When: Saturday, June 8th – Sunday, June 30th, 2013
Reception: Thursday, June 13th, 6-8pm; juror talk with April Wood at 7pm, FREE
Where: Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA


Description: Target Gallery presents Food: Friend or Foe, an exhibition featuring work that examines the complex relationships we have with food. This all-media exhibition will show nineteen works by artists from all over the country, including three local artists and one international artist. Join us for a reception on Thursday, June 13th from 6-8pm to meet some of the artists and hear a gallery talk with juror April Wood at 7pm.


(Alexandria, VA) The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery presents Food: Friend or Foe, which opens on June 8th and runs through June 30th, 2013. This all-media exhibition showcases nineteen artworks, each considering the complex relationship we have with food. While some pieces look at different aspects of food politics such food production and distribution, others take a more personal route by examining the relationship between food and our bodies.

Local Alexandrian Linda Hesh will show her piece “Step-In” (center image above), a photograph from a larger series of work called “In The Garden.” In reference to the role the iconic fruit played in the story of Adam and Eve, Hesh says that she pierces the skin of every day apples with the word “EVIL” via laser etching, hand carving, pins, nails, etc. She then photographs them in settings with gender, bible or fairy tale associations. Then the marked apples are made into permanent sculptures in jars of alcohol or they are freeze-dried as a metaphor for how our modern society preserves ancient stereotypes of male and female roles.

While many of the pieces tend to the darker side, others take a lighter approach to serious topics. Such is the case with Renee Couture’s piece “We Eat Laughing, Helpless and Forgetful” (left above image), a humorous work about desire, this piece is made from actual potato chips coated with 22 karat Italian Gold Leaf.

Selected artists include: Liz Kohler Brown (NC), Renee Couture (OR), Matt Eggsware (PA), Kristin Thomsen Enck (DC), Andi Fink (MO), Jennifer Halvorson (IN), Linda Hesh (VA), Darlene Kaczmarczyk (MI), Heather McCaw Kerley (Germany), Natalie Larsen (WV), Mike McAteer (VA), Erin E. Murray (MD), Chloe Newman (PA), Steve Nyktas (IL), Melissa Precise (LA), Kirsten Stolle (NC), Gabrielle Wood (FL)

Juror Information – About April Wood
Our juror, April Wood, received her MFA from Towson University in 2008, and currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She has received several awards including the Individual Artist Award in 2010 for Works on Paper, and the Individual Artist Award in 2009 for Sculpture, from the Maryland State Art Council. With her work, the viewer is confronted with the vulnerability and frailty of the body as well as the violence inherent in consumption and digestion. She uses materials designed to both attract and repulse, highlighting the beauty intrinsic in the visceral, the convergence of interior and exterior, and the connection between nourishment and sensual arousal. In an age of fast food, TV dinners, and disposable silverware, she creates artwork that has a sense of history, sensuality, and a direct connection to the physicality of the human experience.

Gallery Information
The Target Gallery is the national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a 501(c)(3) organization. The gallery promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through the visual media in a monthly rotating schedule of national and international exhibitions. We are located on the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The gallery is open daily from 10-6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays.

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