A Veritable Smorgasbord

The old axiom “You first eat with your eyes” is true enough of food, but can the same be said of art? If so, then we have to wonder whether you’d be hungry, nauseous, or just damned intrigued by artist Roxy Paine’s sausage-like spheroids on display at FAU Galleries’ newest exhibit, “Delicatessen.” The exhibition draws together 22 seemingly dissimilar artists from across the globe – including Paine, Randy Wray, Luisa Caldwell, Andrew Scott Ross, and the internationally exhibited Thordis Adalsteindottir – united only by their ability to create pleasure from the unusual. So while Paine’s meat-as-art structures may make you long for comfort food, Randy Wray’s piece, a plaster cast plant with light fixtures galore, may evoke the joy of the holidays. (Sure, why not?)

It’s quite the quirky little spread, and with works that span almost every medium you can think of, from animation to found art, there’s sure to be something in “Delicatessen” for any palette. The show runs through January 27 at the Schmidt Gallery Center at FAU (777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 561-297-2966.
Nov. 16-Jan. 29, 2007

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