Our secret indulgence is art featuring sweet treats. More than delicious, these artworks contain witty, nuanced remarks about today’s social realities. Artworks on Stew are never saccharine, instead our everyday scuffles are both confronted and eased in poignant and poetic ways. These bittersweet artworks are the best energizers for the week ahead.
Have more treats! Art by Lori Larusso conjures up feelings of nostalgia for small-town intimacy, family values and domestic harmony. These images fuel our aching desire for simplicity. We crave simplicity because it is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve, in reality our lives are skewed and overloaded. Lori’s pastel pastries are therapeutic and inviting, they signify the level of comfort that’s rare — a sense of togetherness that we all long for.
The thick and delectable Afterparty paintings by Lori Larusso hint at the stories behind them and the still moment after the guests have gone. Incredibly cute and whimsical but slightly sad that the party is over. The colors are carefully considered, and reminiscent of vintage 1950′s food advertisements. On a deeper note, these works contain quietly sophisticated social commentary on our irresistible urge for sweet things, our culture of excess and expectations of the perfect domestic life. Her work questions our everyday search for meaning and fulfillment, as well as common struggle for validation and happiness. These inviting paintings seem to whisper “Help yourself” to the viewer, a therapeutic distraction from a complicated world, at the same time they serve as a reminder that some things are not what they seem. From Lori’s statement:
“These paintings isolate the cake image, sometimes including serving utensils but no personalized information, making the specialness of an individual’s own birthday cake mainstreamed. The cakes appear to be carefully prepared and decorated; everything is nice, but not too nice.”
Aren’t you glad it’s the weekend? Alexander Grahovsky creates wonderfully mischievous drawings about ladies, love, fragility and sweet indulgences, addressing the vulnerabilities and easily consumable vices we’re subject to on a daily basis. (Some are borderline NSFW… that’s why it’s the weekend!). We love his series on crippling, easily torn young love, in a sweet punk sort of tone. Mirror Mirror is a dead ringer for the poet Sylvia Plath, and what a fantastic Great Wave top she’s wearing!