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Tuesday
May252010

Sweet (and Savory) Art: Paintings Mike Geno

Now, my first inclination is to say that Mike Geno's artwork is totally sweet: after all, he does have a great breadth of work comprised of thoughtful, painterly renderings of doughnuts, cakes both homemade and packaged (including Tastykakes!), and various candies.

But I wouldn't want to overlook his fine work focused on beef, bacon, and steak, either.

So what motivates this series of foodie-based art? Per the artist's website,

This series of food still life paintings is directly related to my obsessive enjoyment of food and how that enjoyment connects me to a larger community. More specifically these paintings are all ready-to-eat subjects that are presented in a range of displays including abstraction through decorative groupings as well as a more traditional single object presentation. I am interested in exploring, through paint, the attractive qualities of various food items that we are sold in the consumer culture we exist in. 

Of course, as the artist continues, "My intention is to address the subject in this context rather than monumentalize it and also to avoid the pitfalls of the over-traveled path of traditional food still life painting."

Ultimately, Mike's goal is "to be absurdly successful, perhaps less poor and the envy of all the right people"--and, I daresay, able to afford to eat whatever he wants, whenever he wants to eat it. And it's a delight to travel this carb, protein, and sugar-heavy world through his work.

Paintings and prints by Mike Geno are available here, and will soon be available at the CakeSpy retail shop.

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Reader Comments (10)

love this! has such a wayne thiebaud feel to it.

L.

May 25 | Unregistered CommenterLilla

Love it. This reminds me a little of Wayne Thiebaud's work. I hope Mike does some pie paintings, though!

May 26 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Oh, wow, I just saw that Lilla said the same thing. Now I feel dumb. All well - either way, nice work Mike!

May 26 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Being a Philly gal, it does my heart good to see the Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpet being used as an art subject. I have to jump over to his site and see if he painted any Kandy Kakes!

May 26 | Unregistered CommenterLisaT

Thanks! I just saw the comments and am honored and inspired. Perhaps I'll paint some pies! It's never occurred to me. Mmm, now Im hungry. Any other suggestions?

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