Over the past 7 years I have collected art with a singular motif: food. But outside of that unifying theme, the collection is anything but homogenous.
Lining the walls of my apartment gallery are a life-size portrait rendered in PLA plastic by Anthony White that abuts Conrad Bishop’s blown glass and carved wood Granny’s Dill Pickle Elixir altar. Around the corner, Derek Erdman and Ashley Armitage’s photo collaboration You can’t tell us what to do sits next to John Criscitello’s Bellevue Wives Matter. And crowded in a 4 tier Italian lacquer vitrine are all sorts of small sculptural curiosities and oddities including an 18th century Chinese export teacup recovered from the Nanking Cargo shipwreck. But this is a mere fraction of the almost 200 total food themed artworks and objects I have collected.
To most, art auctions conjure images of wealthy collectors competing to invest in paintings by distinguished artists at record-breaking prices; this is no such auction. I am interested in breaking stereotypes, not records. This auction will be an opportunity to inspire collection, redistribute art, subsidize the purchase of new work, and create auction records for artists. As a result, hundreds of artists that may have not otherwise seen their work go to auction in their lifetime have the opportunity to, while the public has the chance to collect already affordable art at great prices.
This auction is not about making money–it’s about making art- a portrait of the collector and a landscape of the art community at the time of the sale. Because most auctions are motivated by death, debt, divorce, or downsizing, this narrative is often of a person or relationship that has long since passed. But this FoodArt Collection sale tells a much more current story; a magnification of contemporary art, largely by emerging Seattle-based artists, collected over the last 7 years from galleries, artists, studio sales, auctions, and my own FoodArt Collection shows.
I'm most proud to present this narrative as its own collectible artifact: a full color bound auction catalog containing the collection in its entirety. Preserving what I have amassed as a snapshot in time and a record of the art that I found intriguing and exceptional in the first quarter of the 21st century.
If all goes well, or at least as expected, I plan for this auction to be the first of many, each exploring different themes and perhaps the collections of likeminded art enthusiasts. It is my hope that through creating an accessible space for people to interact with an auction, it will become a more approachable tool for the Seattle art community.