20th March 2009 at 00:00

Remember those dried pasta collages nursery-aged children used to make? Well, something that looks very like cooked pasta features in the latest touring exhibition of contemporary art from the Travelling Gallery.

Finger Buffet is a food-themed show of work by five artists with Scottish connections, aged 27 to 45, only one of whom produces anything approaching traditional oil paintings. For prospective visitors who may be wondering if food is a serious enough subject for an exhibition, curator Alison Chisholm points out that Finger Buffet "questions the idea of convenience food, sustainability, food additives, packaging - also the art of landscape and the many interesting forms it can take where food is involved".

The show includes mini-sculptures of squashed Earl Grey tea and Ryvita packets; photographs of fish-and-chip trees; prints made by laying paper on a chopping board where food had been prepared; and paintings of what appear to be barren landscapes but, on closer inspection, are portraits of moulded plastic trays from chocolate boxes. And the cooked pasta? It is, in fact, dried, cooked and raw meat which Edinburgh-born artist Gayle Chong Kwan has fashioned into a Tower of Babel, and then photographed.

An excellent illustrated education pack, which also deals with the history of food in art, has been produced for visiting schools, whether or not they take part in Finger Buffet workshops.

The exhibition will tour schools and public venues in East Lothian, Stirling, Perth and Kinross, South Lanarkshire, Falkirk, Highlands, East Renfrewshire, Dundee and Edinburgh until June 12.


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