Pitzalis’s strawberries with whipped cream and chocolate
I’m going to eat You
Among reinterpreted still lifes, evocative drawings, post-dadaist installations and ecological sculptures, the spectator who visits the FoodArs exhibition – which is part of the Bryan & Berry Building, the peak event of the FoodWeek in Milan – can also see a work with a very suggestive and tempting title: Strawberries, Whipped Cream and Chocolate. The FoodArs exhibition aims to cement the relationship between artists and food, considering the latter as a supreme and absolute form of art. The colourful explosion of Strawberries, Whipped Cream and Chocolate seemed to obscure the physical presence of food in the pictorial work, excluding the possibility to represent the consumption of the food itself. Yet, in addition to using colour dripping to evoke Jackson Pollock’s energetic gestures, in his food-related art works Andrea Pitzalis does not restrict himself to only call to mind raw materials and the food by portraying them on the canvas, but he also uses them concretely in his works.
Pitzalis is an artist and a restaurateur; his artistic research revolves around the extreme use of natural pigments from vegetable sources (as they did in the Renaissance) and food products we use everyday, such as whipped cream, chocolate, strawberries, squid ink, coffee powder, balsamic vinegar and pomegranate juice. Once they have been extracted, pigments are processed so to preserve their hues. Captivated by the expressive potential of colour – also thanks to his Irish friend Richard Gorman – Pitzalis has carried out his own artistic experiments and developed some secret recipes that include unexpected and innovative materials, in order to bring his painting beyond the surface of the canvas. His experience as a cook allowed him to work with the skills and curiosity that are typical of chefs, transferring the essence, the nectar of food, from the kitchen to the canvas. His colourful paintings invite the observer to pick at them and grasp their superior intellectual taste: you only have to overcome the temptation to lick, suck or bite a work of art.
Guido Andrea Pautasso