Food in art is the theme for GOMA’s latest exhibition, ‘Harvest’, which runs until September 21 and includes GOMA Restaurant.
Don’t go to GOMA hungry while their Harvest exhibition is showing or you might be tempted to eat art on the walls as well as the artistically presented plates in GOMA Restaurant.
Along with new commissions and new acquisitions, the gallery’s ground floor is certainly full of taste tempters and some very quirky art.
First work you’ll view is a major new wallpaper commission from California-based artist duo, Fallen Fruit, aka David Burns and Austin Young. Expect to see a lot of pineapples.
There’s Xu Zhen’s ShanArt Supermarket 2008 which recreates a fully stocked convenience store in the gallery and a film which shows people fastidiously, and sometimes violently, demolishing the contents of a different kind of supermarket.
Perhaps the strangest of all is Rikrit Tirvanija’s Untitled (lunch box) 2009 which sits in the middle of the gallery floor. To the casual observer it looks like a table set for lunch in a Thai home complete with the daily paper. Four random gallery visitors will be invited to sample a typical Thai businessman’s take away lunch ordered from Thai Wi Rat in Fortitude Valley at the tables as part of a social sculpture.
Harvest also has a film component with some iconic food films on the program. You’ll be able to watch classics such as The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover 1989 and Babette’s Feast1987.
For those who can’t separate food from eating, the Harvest bonus is that GOMA Restaurant has a special menu for the exhibition with dishes that arrive at the table looking like a work of art. QAGOMA Executive Chef Josue Lopez says “The Galleries provide so much inspiration in what I create day-in day-out. Immersing yourself in such an environment has taught me to rethink my approach to the culinary arts.”
You can try Josue’s art at GOMA Cafe Bistro which has a lunch special inspired by Harvest of roasted spatchcock, puffed corn and toasted grains with blueberry gel. It comes with a glass of wine for $20.
Another bonus is that GOMA Restaurant will be open throughout July on Friday nights with a menu inspired by the exhibition. The restaurant’s normal hours are lunch time Wednesday to Sunday.
The gallery shop highlight of this exhibition is Harvest the book, a collection of themed essays and illustrated recipes of culinary masterpieces from some of the best local, national and international chefs including GOMA’s Executive Chef, Josue Lopez, Shannon Bennett (Vue De Monde), Alejandro Cancino (Urbane), Brenda Fawdon (Mondo Organics), Peter Gilmore (Quay), Ryan Squires (Esquire), James Viles (Biota), Ben Williamson (Gerard’s Bistro) and Rene Redzepi (Noma).
The Harvest exhibition will be on display at GOMA until September 21.