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No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment is proud to present a commissioned large scale public photographic work by the celebrated Artist Dean Baldwin.
In 1960, Swiss artist Daniel Spoerri affixed to a table the accumulated residue of a meal, and then mounted it on the wall as the first of many ‘snare paintings’. A decade later San Francisco artist Tom Marioni exhibited empty bottles with the title The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art. The work of Toronto based artist Dean Baldwin continues this tradition of food&drink-as-life-as-art, with the creation of fantastical functioning saloons and elaborate photoinstallations that document all the meals he has consumed in a year, or all of the food that he has discarded.
Fattening Frogs for Snakes presents itself as a classic “old Dutch master” still-life, illustrating the aftermath of decadence. The visions of excess seem celebratory at first, but this is a cautionary tale – with the devil in the details. The party is over, the revellers are gone and what remains is beginning to rot.
120" X 216"
Digital Colour Photograph duraprene wallcovering
Curated by Andrew Davies