Strolling through the produce section has become a markedly different experience over the past 15 years or so. Ever-more exotic fruits have been appearing on grocery store shelves, as chemical agriculture has made it possible to transport fruits and vegetables across greater distances.
Is this an entirely good thing? Polish-born artist Andrzej Maciejewski, who lives and works in rural Ontario, thinks perhaps not. His series “Garden of Eden,” which opens Saturday in Buffalo Arts Studio (2495 Main St.), consists of immaculately lit still-life photographs of store-bought produce. They’re constructed to look like Renaissance paintings, but their captions, which feature the country of origin and cash register code for each piece of fruit, prompt viewers to think about the source of their food.
Also opening with a reception at 7 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo Arts Studio is “Inter-Glacial Free Trade Agency,” an installation by New Hampshire-based artist Lynn Richardson. The piece is a kind of tongue-in-cheek rumination on possible responses to the worsening climate crisis “designed to cope with the impending destruction of our surroundings.”
“Rather than denote an apocalypse,” BAS Executive and Artistic Director Cori Wolff wrote in a statement, “these shiny, futuristic, and aesthetically entrancing objects are reminiscent of a Sci-fi adventure gone terribly wrong, affording the viewer a glimpse into what might be, as well as the chance to turn it all around.”
Call 833-4450 or visit www.buffaloartsstudio.org.
– Colin Dabkowski