Anti-Social Pasta, 2012

Mixed Media

Oil stick, watercolor, ink, archival inkjet on paper mounted on wood panel

60.00 x 40.00 x 2.00 in

152.4 x 101.6 x 5.1 cm

Unique Work

Work is signed and dated on back with cooking recipe on verso.

About The Work

The painting's title,  Anti-Social Pasta, is inspired and name after a food performance the artist conducted for the opening of a solo show in NYC. Batlle made anchovy cream pasta for the guests at the opening, attempting to give everyone anchovy breath.  

The stationery for this painting is from a famous French restaurant in NYC called Le Grenouille, but the imagery in the work contains the map of Italy and someone stealing secrets from Venice, along with a chef boiling pasta, while the french frog looks on... learning or stealing to cook from the Italians. I will give you this background: I mentioned about the French culinary history coming from Italy: During the 15 th and 16 th centuries the French where influenced greatly by the advancing culinary arts in Italy. Much of this influenced was do Catherine De Medicis (a Florentine princess) who married Henry duc d'Orleans (who became King Henry II of France). Italian chefs where light years of ahead of French culinary experts, and had already begun creating dishes such as lasagna, manicotti, and had experimented using ingredients like truffles, garlic, and mushrooms. When Catherine married King Henry II, she brought along with her Italian chefs who in turn introduced Italian culinary practices to the French court. Even though the culinary cultures of these two countries have taken different roads, the French owe much of their culinary development to the Italians and their intervention in the 1500s.

Courtesy of the Artist

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