All You Can Eat :: The Edible Still Lives of Carl Warner

May 16th 2011


Food and art have always been tight. Some of the earliest cave paintings discovered depicted delicious bison, and it’s only been smooth sailing from there on in. In Ancient Greece the painter Zeuxis was revered for purportedly produced a painting of raisins so realistic that hopeful birds would try to pilfer them. From these delectable beginnings, art and food have proved themselves to be two peas in a pod; a veritable land of milk and honey.

DaVinci’s Last Supper, Andy Warhol’s banana, or his soup cans, Jasper John’s beer cans (just try telling me beer is not a food, I dare you), Roy Lichtenstein’s Yellow Still Life, Marina Abramovic’s Volcano Flambe– the list of culinary-inspired art goes on and on. Aside from being easy on the eye and getting the ol’ appetite worked up, food provides the perfect subject to investigate natural colour and form, to plumb the rich cultural and religious allegories that revolve around it, and to explore the changing nature of our natural world (just ask my dad about what watermelons used to taste like).

British photographer Carl Warner has taken a bit of a different approach, creating still lives that will really get the birds pilfering. Werner has stepped it up to the next level, using actual food to create his elaborate landscapes (or ‘foodscapes’). Bread rocks, proscuitto rivers, fish oceans, broccoli forests and garlic huts populate his always cute and sometimes very atmospheric photos. Think Van Gogh’s Landscape with Olive Trees, but made of kale and broccoli. Genius. Frankly, adding food to pretty much anything you can imagine improves it and these pretty lil’ photos are certainly no exception.

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