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Peter Anton Presents Sugatarium at Unix Gallery

Sugar Madness Pink Confetti Cake
Sugar Madness Pink Confetti Cake By Peter Anton (All Photos By Gail)

Sculptor Peter Anton, the king of monumental-sized Hyper Realist Food Sculptures, returns to the Unix Gallery for another of his immersive, slightly dark,  food-themed exhibits with Sugatarium, which opened on Thursday, April 27th with a reception at the gallery.

Sugatarium Installation View
Sugatarium Installation View from the Opening Reception

As an exhibit of Anton’s wildly impressive artworks, Sugatarium is staged like a secret sanitarium for those driven to the brink of madness by a craving for sugar; and as such, the gallery installation includes a number of institutional beds — some complete with leather restraints — which, for the opening party, were occupied by actors playing the parts of “patients.” One pajama-clad lady, seen in the foreground in the above photo, cradled and spoke in hushed, comforting tones to a stuffed doll.

Sugatarium Installation View

Another ‘patient ‘aligned and stacked bars of Rice Cripsy Treats with mind-numbing repetition. Gallery attendants, and Anton himself, could be identified by their white lab coats as they  mingled with fans. The Carpenters‘ super saccharin 1973 hit “Top of The World” played on an endless loop over a PA system throughout the evening, which added to the surreal gestalt.

Sugar Madness Strawberry Sundae
Sugar Madness Strawberry Sundae

The featured artworks consist of various sugary-sweet treats which have been smashed against canvases and mounted on the walls. Anton uses a variety of materials, including resin, plaster, wood, clay, aluminum, and acrylic and oil paints, to make his creations look good enough to eat. They really are remarkable!

Sugar Madness Chocolate Bunny
Sugar Madness Chocolate Bunny

Can’t you almost taste this Chocolate Bunny with your eyes?

Sugar Madness Cherry Pie
Sugar Madness Cherry Pie

No one makes Art that looks like Food quite like Peter Anton!

Sugar Madness Strawberry Sundae

While this exhibit is much less ambitious, with only four artworks on display, it is hard not to compare Sugatarium to Anton’s 2015 masterpiece, The Foodhist Temple, which transformed Unix Gallery into a shrine to dietary decadence. Seriously, Foodhist Temple was mind blowing. But if you already love Peter Anton’s art, or have not yet seen it up close and are intrigued, then Sugatarium is a must see. I’m not sure if Unix will continue to stage the gallery as the scene of a sparsely inhabited, derelict asylum in the weeks to come, or if they will remove the beds and add more art, which would be awesome. I might have to pay a future visit to see what’s up.

Peter Anton’s Sugatarium will be on Exhibit Through June 17th, 2017 at Unix Gallery, Located at 532 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Sugar Madness Pink Confetti Cake

Update May 19th: They Have Added More Art! See Below!

Macarons

Sugar Madness Macarons

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Bacon Thing of The Day: Bacon and Egg Breakfast from Magazine Ads

Bacon and Eggs
Photo By Gail

Photographer Yimei Wang (School of Visual Arts) won a 2017 PDN Student Photo Contest for Restructured Fast Food, a study on fast foods reconstructed with newspaper’s and magazines, which comments on both consuming behavior, and today’s direct access to information, using collage montage.

Photographed at 2016’s Photo Plus Expo.

Everything Bagel Sculpture By Hanna Liden

Everything Bagel
All Photos By Gail

Public Art, it is so awesome! This over-sized sculpture of a tower of giant Bagels, entitled Everything, was spotted by me in a unique location: on a tiny traffic island near the cross streets of Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Avenue, Christopher Street and something called Ruth E Wittenberg Triangle in Greenwich Village proper.

Location
Ruth E. Wittenberg Triangle: It is a Thing

Created by artist Hanna Liden, Everything (according to a small, informative sign secured to a pole near the sculpture) “features the bagel, a much beloved New York City staple, at the monumental scale. Stacked to form a makeshift vase, their circular form evokes the eternal cycle of city life.” Because, of course it does. Everything is presented by Art Production Fund in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program and the Village Alliance, along with generous support from Kiehl’s Since 1851, which is a small chain of stores here in Manhattan that sells very nice, quality beauty and skin care products.

Everything Bagel 2

Here’s another photo of the sculpture, looking east toward Sixth Avenue. You can see there are a couple of little tables and chairs strewn about, if you should feel like sitting on a traffic island to read or have a coffee.

Find The Bagels

Play a fun game of “Find the Everything Bagel Sculptures” by visiting these other locations, where apparently there are other statues of bagels, which are indicated on this helpful map!

Modern Art Monday Presents: Claes Oldenburg, Giant BLT

Claes Oldenburg BLT
Photos By Gail

The triangular mass of Claes Oldenburg’s Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich”) 1963, is actually constructed from many smaller sculptural components including wood slabs, stuffed cushions and fabric pieces, which must be restacked each time the work is shown, allowing ample room for creative variation.

In the above video, the Whitney Museum’s curator supervises and discusses the installation of Giant BLT, and how Oldenburg’s work invites the viewer to look at the world with “fresh eyes.”

Claes Oldenburg BLT
Photographed in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Former Home in the Breuer Building on Madison Avenue

Peter Anton’s The Foodhist Temple at Unix Gallery

Foodhist Temple Pizza
All Photos By Gail

Foodie-ism ascends to a higher plane at Peter Anton’s The Foodhist Temple, up now at Unix Gallery. For this sensorally-immersive exhibit, Unix has transformed itself into a red-walled sanctuary displaying objects of adoration in the form of larger-than life sculptures of decadent food items. A Cheeseburger Deluxe Platter, several brimming Boxes of Chocolates and a mammoth Chocolate Layer Cake on a Pedestal are among the righteous treats nestled amid a plush-carpeted shrine, complete with dimmed lighting, New Age mediation music, lit candles and fresh flowers. Visitors are asked to remove their shoes upon entering.

Foodhist Temple Welcome

As an aside, the carpet feels amazing against street-weary stocking feet.

Foodhist Temple Cake
Cake Worshipers at Foodhist Temple Opening Reception

To facilitate a blissful worship experience, pillows and rugs are scattered across the gallery/temple floor, so that devotees can comfortably prostrate themselves before the Food Idol of their choice. At The Foodhist Temple, Believers can relax, reflect, and achieve a heightened awareness of the importance of food and all of its pleasures.

Foodhist Temple Entry Flowers

Foodhist Temple Chocolates
Entire Box of Chocolates About Equal to the Height of a Person

The hyper-realist detail in these monumental sculptures — which Anton crafted using wood, metal, resin, clay, and both acrylic and oil paints — is extraordinary.

Cheeseburger and Fries
Say Cheese-Burger!

Cake Worshippers
Gallery View With The Foodhist Faithful

Fried Egg
Achieve a State of Egg-Stacy!

More Chocolates
More Chocolates!

Shrine

Visitors will pass by this little shrine on the way to the two smaller, rear galleries. There, you will encounter:

Foodhist Temple Sushi
Sacred Sushi!

Holy Donuts
Hole-y Donuts!

Candy Worshippers
Still More Boxed Chocolates! They Seem to Radiate a State of Enlightened Bliss!

Foodhist Temple Bacon
Benevolent Bacon!

At The Foodhist Temple, all are Welcome.

Peter Anton’s The Foodhist Temple will be on Exhibit Through May 9th, 2015 at Unix Gallery, Located at 532 West 24th, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Foodhist Temple Signage

Foodhist Temple Shoes