25 June, 2007
Cuisine & Country - Lake Macquarie
8 June 2007 to 22 July 2007
Cuisine & Country + satisfied
Food is an almost boundless source of inspiration – relishing produce, preparing a meal, sharing it (or not), a picnic, a campsite, slow food, fast food, drinking and feasting. Along with it comes a social atmosphere – an ideal catalyst for stimulating conversation.
Cuisine & Country is a visual feast teasing out the essential role food has played in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian life. Conceived and selected by independent curator Gavin Wilson, Cuisine & Country tells a new story about our nation.
Notables sharing their unique vision include Margaret Preston, John Olsen, William Dobell, Brett Whiteley, Fred Williams, Emily Kngwarreye, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Anne Zahalka, David Keeling, Euan Macleod and Ben Quilty.
In all, the exhibition consists of over 90 works – historic, modernist and contemporary - by 50 artists. It includes paintings, graphics and photography drawn from the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the State Library of New South Wales and other major collections.
As the first venue of this extensive national tour, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery will complement the exhibition with the project satisfied. Taking its cue from the successful 2002 project Satisfaction, satisfied showcases the making of a delicious three-course meal prepared by Awaba House’s award-winning chef, Daniel Lawrence, arranged on exquisite handcrafted tableware by Hunter practitioners Helen Dunkerley, Sue Jones and Won Seok Kim and photographed by Roger Hanley.