Fart-ing

People tend to forget about food when talking about art.  In fact, food isn’t even allowed in most museums, as if the paintings would get jealous.  And although much ado is made out of drugs, nobody ever asks what an artist was eating at the time of their masterpiece.

Of course, like most artistic discourse, this is all backwards.  The oldest surviving cave paintings, which in all likelihood are the first known pieces of human art, are all depictions of food (or sex).  Therefore, no conversation about artistic merit should begin without first discussing the work’s relationship to the “original” art, food art (or for short: ‘fart’).  One person who certainly knows the power of the ‘fart’ is Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize winning food critic for LA Weekly.

In his much-celebrated column, Mr. Gold creates weekly pieces of art inspired by the best and worst food in Los Angeles.  Starting last month and running until January 23 at the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, various artists are doing just the same; they’ve even decided to pay tribute to ‘the Gold-en boy’ by re-using his column title: “Counter Intelligence.”  The work on display here, however, goes beyond the literary and into the realms of sculpture, photography, video, and performance, all in the name of the edible.

Because as any foodie like Jonathan Gold knows, you can’t make ‘fart’ without the food.

“Counter Intelligence” can be viewed until January 23rd at The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex in the Cal State campus. For more information please call (323) 343-6600.

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