Monday, April 23, 2012

Gallery Openings: Rebecca Morgan, "Cabin Fever" - Scott Fraser's New Work - Eugene Lemay "Navigator" + A Duck Sandwich

Rebecca Morgan
Opens at Asya Geisberg Gallery

Memling, Van Eyck, R. Crumb, Frans Hals, Adrien Brouwer and Brueghel are all historic influences used to describe Rebecca Morgan's portraits and self-portraits. From "beauty to repulsive" the artist comes to grips with her Appalachian roots. Stereotypes and caricatures are always based on a certain amount of truth, even if exaggerated. The artist bares it all, including her own demons, while laughing at the thought of the perfect, ideal body and perfect ideal living situation. Whether we are urban or rural, we long for perfection. Alas, reality bites back.

Rebecca Morgan's "Cabin Fever" will be up through May 26, 2012.
537 B West 23 Street
New York, NY 10011

Scott Fraser
Shows off his technical skills as a part of the 
"Things Are Not
What They Seem"
group show at
J. Cacciola Gallery

Scott Fraser's realism is more beautiful than reality itself. That's difficult to explain, but his oil paintings have a warm and inviting physical presence. In this series, he departs from pure realism and into a "Twilight Zone" of reality which pulls his work into the 21st century. Concept and technical skill combine in two wonderfully new paintings. Let's hope he shows us more like these in the future.

The exhibition is up through April 28th, 2012.
J. Cacciola Gallery
537 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011


Eugene Lemay
at Mike Weise Gallery

Monumental digital outputs are attached directly to the wall.

Old handwritten letters, in Hebrew, create an overall pattern manipulated by the artist.

A monolith greets you as you enter the gallery and then you are presented with framed smaller works and larger pieces applied to the walls, until you finally enter the room with the monumental artworks nearly 20 feet in length.

"Navigator" by Eugene Lemay is based on his time in the Israeli Army. As a navigator he would lead his soldiers through utter darkness, relying mainly on his memory. The Hebrew handwriting, making up the surface images, are from letters never sent to families of fallen soldiers with whom Lemay served. The artworks are nearly black, but the markings vary in density, revealing imaginary landscapes.

Have a DUCK Sandwich,
with your SOUP.

Sure, sliced turkey sandwiches are wonderful, as are sliced chicken breast sandwiches, as are sliced ham sandwiches - but they do not evoke that "something special" memory. So next time you need to serve sandwiches to a group, consider duck.

Fairly large duck breasts have a reasonable price, at most grocery stores or butcher's shops. Pan roast them, then slice and serve on several small baguettes, with fresh lettuce, mayonnaise and your choice of condiments. 

Full mouths will hum and eyes will roll back into heads, as this memorable sandwich is ingested and enjoyed.

Ingredients for 6 Sandwiches
  • 6 small baguettes
  • 3 duck breasts
  • Steak Seasoning Mix
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Mayonnaise
  • Fresh lettuce
Preheat oven. Season the entire duck breast with Steak Seasoning Mix (available in all spice sections). Score the fat on the top of the duck, but do not cut into the meat. Pour olive oil to a large saute pan and heat over medium setting. When the oil is hot, add the duck breast, fat side down and sear for six minutes. Flip the breast and place the pan in the 400 degree oven. Roast the breasts for 8 to 10 minutes until medium rare (you want a med-rare center). Remove the pan from the oven and allow the duck breasts to rest 2 to 3 minutes. Slice each breast, on the bias, in 1/4 thick slices.

Prepare the baguettes by slicing open and applying mayonnaise, then placing lettuce on top side. Llayer the slices of duck on the bottom bread, add dill pickle or banana pepper slices or even a slice of very mild onion.

Serve with white or red wine and a cup of fresh tomato soup. Enjoy.


Until later,
ARTSnFOOD, All rights reserved. Concept & Original Text © Copyright 2012 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. Images © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

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