Saturday, November 24, 2012

Peter Anton (Nina's first artist)

These are Nina's first 1 artist 

Artist 1: Peter Anton

Peter Anton in his studio surrounded by sculptures for an upcoming exhibition in New York  City. By: Robert Wilde

Peter Anton, born in 1963 in New Haven, Connecticut, is a sculptor who makes gigantic life-like sculptures of food products. At his first solo exhibition in New York in 1995 he showed 70 larger-than-life fruits and vegetables, but has more recently been working with the foods that people really crave—sweets. He is best known for his chocolate boxes, but also builds massive popsicles, donuts, and candy hearts using a wide array of mediums to replicate their textures.
            By creating works that convincingly portray sweet treats, Anton is able to capture his audience quickly. He is interested in people’s affection for food, and the way that food can bring people together and spread joy.  In his artist statement, Anton says, “I like to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise. My sculptures put viewers in a vulnerable state so that I can communicate with their inner selves in a more honest and direct way. I activate the hunger people have for the things that give them pleasure and force them to surrender.”
            I love the symbolism that Anton finds in food. The need for sustenance and the craving for pleasure are things that every person can instantly relate to. His work forces his audience to feel something and to re-think the nature of needs and desires within themselves. Plus, OH MY GOD THEY’RE SO BEAUTIFUL!

DARK CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM BAR, 65 x 23 x 9 inches, mixed media, 2007

DARK CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM BAR, 65 x 23 x 9 inches, mixed media, 2007

BOXED DONUTS, 27 x 36 x 5.5 inches, mixed media, 2012

PINK CONFETTI CAKE, 51 x 40 x 40 inches, mixed media, 2012

SPILLED SUNDAE 15 x 40 x 24 inches, mixed media, 2009


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