Janet Tavener's Melting Moments, a series of large scale photographs and small cast sculptures depicting everyday foods including hamburgers, French fries, muffins and other ubiquitous food stuffs, will be the first Willoughby City Council curated exhibition on display at the refurbished Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby.
The exhibition will run from Wednesday 2 to Sunday 27 March, with an official opening on Saturday 5 March by Bernie Hobbs, award winning science writer, broadcaster and judge on ABC TV's The New Inventors.
Tavener uses water and oil as a reference point, immersing familiar food items into a seemingly melting landscape. The water or ice works possess deep bluish tones capturing a poetic resonance of loss and disappearance. They remind us that the shrinking polar ice-caps are possible indicators of global climate change.
In contrast, the oil works are darker in nature and take on rich textural quality. For all the allure of their surface, however, they are unsettling. They too remind us that the ever increasing demand on the production and consumption of oil continues to cause major global environmental disasters.
Tavener skilfully creates a dream-like photographic world, inviting us to consider issues relating to food modification, consumer culture, climate change and global warming. This exhibition is a continuation of Tavener's exploration into the geopolitics of food production and distribution, reminding us that a more sustainable approach to the consumption and production of our resources is now an imperative.
For further information contact 9777 1000, or visit www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au.