[ Space ] Studios: Bread Show (until 15th December 2013)
The exhibition space is large and blank, thus managing to illuminate the sculptural pieces. Now, let's cut to the chase here - the collection's title does not deceive its viewers; 'Bread Show' involves real baked items. Huge pieces of bread form universal gestures such as the two-fingered 'peace' sign, showing us the instability and lack of sustainability in art, especially installations. The fact that the sculpture material is supplied by Derek Carpenter and Bloomers Bakery gives a real intimate feel to the collection. However, exhibits with pleasant, inclusive interiors with a deeper foundation really make an effective visual, considerate experience.
The bread used in the project is an effective medium, as it is able to be carved and shaped to make the most intricate designs, which are also highly recognisable and relatable. The combination of the two aspects becomes a useful tool to enhance viewer experience and participation in an artist's work. Additionally, there is another dimension to 'Bread Show', as depicted by the exhibition's press release, with the pitch: "If we are what we eat, why not bake mantras and eat our words?" As such, the widely recognised gestures presented through the edible matter allow us to see the potential superficiality of actions around us; it could be seen as a parody of this.