Gallery Seven Whets Our Appetites
by Brian Goslow
Several times a year, artscope publisher Kaveh Mojtabai is asked to judge and/or curate exhibitions. For “FEAST: Images of the Edible,” on view through April 2 at Gallery Seven, he was charged to review an “eclectic” group of digital submissions on the theme of food.
“I tried to pick work that would sell in a commercial gallery,” Mojtabai said, and select “work I could imagine being framed and going on someone’s wall.” Most of the work chosen was based in realism, along with a few abstract works. “There are some that push those boundaries but could easily hang on a person’s wall if they related to it personally,” he said.
The end result is a warm mix of New England-themed work that would make the perfect housewarming gift or wedding present, or complement recent renovations to your kitchen or dining area — and I mean that in the most complimentary of ways, as they are the kind of work you’ll find on the walls of the most beloved homes decades after they’ve first been placed there.
My immediate favorite was John Armstead Wood’s finely detailed oil-on-canvas “Hatch’s Market,” 2011, which perfectly captures the feel of a large farm stand at the height of harvest season — its cantaloupes, watermelons and sweet melons filling its boxes, the day’s freshly picked corn and an array of vegetables filling much of the canvas, the market’s glass windows revealing the many vehicles parked around its perimeter.