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June 15th 2023 – August 27th 2023

The Last Slice brings together the works of eight international artists; Alma Berrow, Tania Blanco, Holly Halkes, Maia Regis, Iván Forcadell, Kat Lowish, Coline Marotta and Lena Christakis, showing their different approaches and visions surrounding food.

From the industrialisation of food to the exploration of human behavior, “The Last Slice,”  interprets the act of eating as a social act around a table. As an episode that becomes a historical moment, as a gathering of people, relatives, acquaintances in an everyday life, a reference to the traditional still life; food, like life, is a cycle that begins and ends.  However, what spatial/temporal value are we giving it?

Lena Christakis, From start to finish, 2022 

Oil on panel
61 x 61 cm

Lena Christakis, Postgame Interview, 2023

Oil on panel
45.7 x 35.6 cm

Coline Marotta, Coin de table et navettes, 2023

Acrylic on canvas
80 x 60 cm

Tania Blanco, Unlid MRE pizza, 2016

Acrylic, gypsum
29 x 28.4 x 3 cm

Tania Blanco, Unlid 90g of cooked turkey, 2016

Acrylic, gypsum
20 x 2 x 13 cm

Tania Blanco, Unlid 200g of Havarti Cheese, 2016

Acrylic, gypsum
13 x 19.1 x 1.9 cm

Alma Berrow, Celery light, 2023

White earthenware
21 x 11.5 cm

Kat Lowish, Head of the Table, 2023

Oil on canvas
63.5 x 86.4 x 2.5 cm

Iván Forcadell, Bodegón en Judriola, 2021

Mixed media
73 x 60 cm

Iván Forcadell, Latitud, Francia y una reunión, 2023

Mixed media
63.5 x 86.4 x 2.5 cm

Holly Halkes, Rotten Realities, 2023

Acrylic and oil on canvas
120 x 90 cm

Holly Halkes, Unrealistic Expectations, 2023

Acrylic and oil on canvas
120 x 90cm

Maïa Régis, Green light peppers, 2022

Acrylic on canvas
200 x 160 cm

Maïa Régis, La Motta, 2021

Acrylic and glue on canvas
215 x 167.5 cm

Talking reference to the title of the exhibition: “The Last Slice,” captures a moment of gathering around a meal. Friends, family, enjoying a meal, a good conversation around the table.

The British artist, Alma Berrow (London, UK, 1992), knows how to play well with the concept of food, as her ceramic sculptures in the form of vegetables remind us of the traditional still life, adding relief and texture in the form of an everyday object, such as a lamp. The American artist Lena Christakis (New York, USA, 1997) works with the same concept of still life, in her works we see objects represented in a sparse manner, in undefined environments.

Tania Blanco (Valencia, Spain, 1978), presents a series of sculpture paintings, which symbolise food products. Through her works, she tells stories around the theme of food, from a socio-political point of view in which she questions the origin and impact of the processed food that we buy in supermarket chains and department stores. She also refers to the packaging of these products, each presented with a careful image, one that is retouched to appear more natural and fresh. For the American artist Kat Lowish (New York, USA, 1990), storytelling has always been at the heart of her artistic practice. As a lover of theatre and performance, Lowish imagines stories that do not have concrete outcomes. Her works depict scenes that tell stories and she paints to garner intrigue and provoke questions, while  giving the viewer the freedom to continue or conclude their own story.

For Iván Forcadell (Alcanar, Spain, 1993) the countryside and folklore are characteristics of his fresh and colourful style. His works show us traditions, moments and vibrant experiences. The works of Holly Halkes (London, UK, 1993,) create an alternative social space characterised by freedom and an abundance of social interactions. The British artist situates these scenes between real life and fantasy, playing with a touch of humour, which leads us to reflect on our own identity. Her relationship with food is like a real chaotic tragicomedy, where time and space are suspended, almost crystallised in the gesture of a hand trying to find an escape.

The expressionist paintings of Coline Marotta (Biarritz, France, 1991) depict an atmosphere of tranquillity, solace and reconciliation. Marotta opts  to investigate our everyday, commonplace activities. In her works she illustrates contemplative characters, who are in an embrace or holding hands, adding an element of intimacy to the familiar spaces they inhabit. In contrast, the works of Maïa Regis (Paris, France, 1995) are associated with noises, street dialogues and tactile sensations that are linked to a  cinematic dimension. They come from the enjoyment of colour, from musical impulses of all styles, and from wandering through street markets full of differing foods and smells. Her paintings represent a mosaic of contemporary images, inspired by lived experiences or drawn from the media, music or cinema.