Eat Like a Tenenbaum: Sandy Skoglund's "Cookies on a Plate"
|Sandy Skoglund, Cookies on a Plate, 1978. LACMA, purchased with funds provided by Lynda and Robert Shapiro|
In case you didn't know, Wes Anderson-inspired food and photos thereof are a thing. But long before The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) or even Bottle Rocket (1996), Sandy Skoglund was exploring the understated terrors of food that is too symmetrical, too twee, too preternaturally something or other. In a 1978 series of inkjet-printed photographs, "Food Still Lifes," Skoglund presents low-brow grub against busy backgrounds. Two examples in LACMA's "Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising" steal the show. I can't stop thinking about Cookies on a Plate (Keebler Fudge Stripes). Skoglund also adds to the short list of great pictures of Spam.
|Sandy Skoglund, Luncheon Meat on a Counter, 1978. LACMA|
|Sandy Skoglund, Nine Slices of Marble Cake, 1978|
|Sandy Skogland, Peas and Carrots on a Plate, 1978|