Adding to Virginia Woolf’s observation that “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” the Columbia Art League’s (CAL) new Comestible exhibition would include “see well.” CAL, located at 207 South Ninth Street, Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, Columbia, MO 65201-4817, invited artists “to explore our love of food, its role as both a necessity and a luxury in a world where gluttony is far outpaced by hunger.”
Among the featured themed artworks are two digital photographs on metal by Missouri writer and fine artist, CB Adams. One, “Le Nid,” (20x20) is a richly toned, composed image of a pear-shaped apple nestled in a bird’s nest. It is part of My Personal Local, an ongoing project of photographs taken on his property and in his home. Both photographs are for sale and are stylistically similar with shallow depth of field, unusual composition, and deeply saturated colors.
“’Le Nid,’ means nest in French. It was pure happenstance how this image came to me. I had was completing some yard work late in the day, that time they call The Golden Hour, when I pulled an abandoned nest from some shrubs. I had also been cleaning up fallen apples from my mini-orchard of heirloom apple trees when I discovered an odd looking, pear-shaped Lady Apple. The two seemed to beg to be combined,” Adams says.
The other photograph, also part of My Personal Local, is titled “of Tree of Sky of Mind.” The photograph (24x36) captures bare tree branches reflected on the surface of a tumbler of dark tea.
“When you visit my home, you know you are visiting a photographer because I always keep a variety of cameras, both digital and analog, lying around. I never when a ‘photo opp’ will present itself. This photo is a case in point. I was in my kitchen, getting ready to enjoy some Golden Monkey tea, when I saw the sky and trees reflected on the surface. The light was changing fast and my Nikon was struggling with the auto focus. I took several shots, but only this one turned out,” according to Adams.
Adams chose to have these photographs printed on metal because he liked the clean lines offered by this process. “I really tried to match the print with the presentation by using the metal process,” he says. “I didn’t want even a traditional frame to compete with the images. I don’t sign the front of most of my photographs for the same reason. For me, the image is much more important than the person who took it.”
The Comestible exhibition begins on March 14th and runs through May 5 with an opening reception on March 17th from 6-8 p.m. Related to the Comestible exhibit is Let Them Eat Art!, a fundraising event for CAL, on Thursday, April 13 from 6-8 at the CAL Gallery. The event features Columbia-area chefs who create tapas-style food inspired by individual works of art in the Comestible show. Tickets cost $35 per person and are limited to 100. For more information, visit the CAL website or call the gallery at 573-443-8838
CB Adams is an award-winning short story writer and fine art photographer. Adams has had photographs in numerous exhibitions nationwide, including RAW: St. Louis Presents Grandeur, Food Glorious Food II and Under at the Influence at Art Saint Louis, Sacramento Fine Art Center's VISION 201, Soulard Art Market's Urban Architecture II, The Foundry Art Centre's Unrefined Light: Image-Making With Plastic Cameras (St. Charles, MO), SAANS Gallery's The Holga Show 2008 (Salt Lake City), and Somerville Toy Camera Festival (Boston).
Adams’s fiction has appeared in Zoetrope All-Story Extra, River Styx (twice), Missouri Writers’ Biennial (two stories), The Distillery Artistic Spirits of the South, Blue Penny Quarterly, and elsewhere. He received first place in Missouri Arts Council’s Writers’ Biennial Competition and the MISSOURI WRITING! Competition The independent weekly newspaper St. Louis Riverfront Times named him “St. Louis’ Most Under-Appreciated Writer.”
Adams can be contacted through his website: www.qwerkyphotography.com.