Sunday, August 23, 2009


Antoine Vollon (1833-1900) Salt water Fish nd
van Raay, Xerographic Fishwork, 1977

Francisco Toledas 2002 Peces y Camarones

As we continue to learn about art through food images, few sources are more varied than the sea, our rivers and even a few ponds.

But beyond the creatures themselves (and their cousins in shells), artists have studied and created quiet wharves and beaches, fish mongers' stalls, fishing craft, tempestuous fishing at sea, and the river's bounty, which is simply supper.

David Smith's Hudson River Landscape is subtle in its depiction of palisades and rolling hills but also the inclusion of that river's abundance, such as the annual shad runs in June. The Cape Dorset culture incorporates its traditional legends and myths into visual arts
. And Simone Reis, a vibrant young Brazilian artist, thrives on color and mixed natural media.

Mialia Jaw (1936-207), Ancient Vision, 2006 (etching, aquatint) Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada.

Since the 1950s Cape Dorset art (prints, carving) has been capturing nature in its mythic interpretations. often transparent or x-ray styles, to intensify the belief in the blending of spirits.

David Smith (Decatur, IND, 1906-1965) Hudson River Landscape, 1951 (Welded painted steel and stainless steel)

Simone Reis (Brazil, 1967) Fish Series, no 274 (acrylic on canvas)

Jack Spencer, Man with Fish, Como, Mississippi, 1995 (Silver gelatin Print)
Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, and raised in Louisiana, Spencer is at home in that regions waterways and the fish food. He is the author of the novel, Native Soil, 1999.

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