When Great Food and Art Collide- The Result Can Only Be Awesome
When you think of going to see an art exhibition, chances are your mind turns straight to visiting a museum or art gallery to see the latest works of art being showcased. This is particularly true when the artist is ‘in residence’ at said museum, where you can see them at work creating beautiful works of art while also sampling their beautiful creations hanging on the walls of the Space.
But what happens when you take both the artist and the art work outside of these ‘conventional white spaces?’ Is it still possible to enjoy and appreciate these works as you would, while mingling with the crowds of the V&A or British Museum? This is the idea being promoted by ‘The Art Movement‘, an organisation that encourages this discussion by introducing ‘outstanding artists to new audiences in relaxed and unusual spaces beyond the so-called ‘white cube’ of the traditional art gallery or museum.’
Their latest project is in conjunction with West London’s Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel with the exhibition of Photographic artist Lisa Creagh’s ‘Instant Garden’ collection.
The hotel hosted press and art lovers at the Lowndes Bar and Kitchen for an exclusive preview of Lisa’s collection which is being shown at the Hotel’s restaurant as part of Jumeirah Lowndes’ Artist in residence programme.
Lisa has received critical acclaim for her originality and technique as a photographic artist. Her ongoing project, The Instant Garden was awarded a development grant by The Arts Council of England in 2010 and has been exhibited widely across Europe, the USA and Asia. Lisa’s work addresses the traditional relationship between photography and narrative.
Inspired by the ancient Persian tradition of throwing down Persian floral carpets to create ‘an instant garden’, Lisa says the collection is an attempt to “bridge the ‘hand-made’ elements of highly detailed and painstakingly constructed crafts (needlework, lace making, quilts, crochet, etc. ) with the techniques of digital manipulation and construction that have emerged with new twenty-first century photographic software.”
“Using the idea of the ‘instant garden’ created when a richly floral carpet was thrown to the ground in ancient Persia, I create a new kind of ‘garden’ using composite images of industrially grown flowers. The result is a product of a slow, ponderous process of assembling ‘pieces’. The soft lighting, reminiscent of Dutch Still Life paintings, is used to enhance a sense of distance and deep space as the “real” flower is converted through software into the flower symbol found in many ancient decorative arts.”
“This is not an organic garden, but rather a hothouse of multiply-identical flowers: a stylised and highly ordered scientific space, where small creatures flit in the eerie artificial light. This image of nature controlled is echoed in the etymological root of the word, ‘garden’ which suggests an enclosure of nature for man’s intervention.”
Lisa’s work is truly unique and beautiful in every sense of the word. The images provide a stunning, vibrant backdrop that brings the restaurant to life in a refreshing and engaging way.
‘The Instant Garden’ can be viewed for an indefinite amount of time at the Hotel’s Lowndes Bar & kitchen.