Street (14th August – 13th September 2008)
This is not just art. This is M&S art.
According to the gallery’s guide to the exhibit, Fruitopia is the
culmination of two years work on behalf of the Paris based artist, Luli
Barzman. I can’t quite see how so much work can be put into this
collection as these photographs look very much like any of the glossy
new wave of family portraiture photos you can now find in many high street
studios – except with large pieces of fruit. Barzman is apparently
interested in the link between the human body and the food we eat, and
this collection of nudes fits in with her earlier pieces ‘addressing
issues related to women’s bodies’. I’m afraid that the
link is tenuous. While the images of her subjects are well taken, they
compete with the vibrant colours of the fruit. If there is a link to be
made, Barzman creates a visual tension between the two that distracts
from what is the most interesting part of the photographs - the people.
Barzman does not seem to mind that they are forced to take a back seat
to melons and radishes like an advertisement for an organic food wholesaler.
However, I must mention the gallery itself as it was the first time I
had visited View 2. Sprawling across three floors over Lennon’s
Bar on Mathew Street, the gallery has an eclectic feel to it as every
inch of space is made available to displaying everything from screen prints,
oils, watercolours and photographs of varying subject matter. It does
not make for a harmonious display, but it is a nice alternative for anyone
used to much bigger, mainstream galleries to visit somewhere that just
wants to show something and not be too taken in by distinctions such as
genre or medium.