By Kimberlee Meserve
Boston, MA – Who: Liquid Art House
Continuing with the May/June 2014 Wanderlust theme – art and food – it lends itself as a segue to review Boston’s newest venue, Liquid Art House, a restaurant-slash-gallery hybrid.
Liquid Art House is the brainchild of former investment banker Ruta Laukien. Laukien envisioned an ever-changing space where a unique dialogue is created between the art, food, and people, but still has the inviting feeling of a home, hence the name Liquid Art House. “I wanted to created an open, accessible place where people can be around art,” explained Laukien.
What to expect:
When first walking into the foyer the grandeur of the massive ceilings and walls set the tone for the experience. A massive mural, custom designed for the space by Rhode Island street artist Ricki Vespia in collaboration with Kyla Coburn, serves as a backdrop to the circular bar.
To the right of the entrance is a small boutique space called the Curator’s Lounge – adding to the unconventionality of the space – with a range of items from skateboard decks to jewelry. Beyond the Curator’s Lounge, patrons can sit in rooms to the left and right of the bar, with plenty of chances to view art.
What’s on the menu:
Similar to a conventional gallery, the space will feature new shows every six weeks directed by in-house curator Ana Katarina. With each exhibition comes an accompanying art menu that includes information about the concepts, the artists and their work. Inside the art menu a map of the restaurant outlines the specific locations and titles of each piece. Also don’t forget to ask for the food menu, which wasn’t sampled at the preview, but promises to offer farm-to-table seasonal fare with prices ranging from $20-$50.
What to see:
L.A.H. opens tonight with “OUTSIDE IN,” an exhibit that includes work by local and international street artists, a refreshing change from your average restaurant art. The theme creates a thought-provoking dialogue with the food; as the premise behind street art is that eventually everything is destroyed or painted over by someone else, much like the eventual destruction of food through consumption.
OUTSIDE IN runs May 6 – June 17, for details check out the art menu.
The Arlington, 100 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116
For more information visit: www.liquidarthouse.com