Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Venice: Restaurant de Venise – Judi Harvest - Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venice exhibition.

Venice: Restaurant de Venise – Judi Harvest - Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venice exhibition.  Judi Harvest’s Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venice is a "...series, an evolution of the themes of my work: the fragility of life and the search for beauty. It continues to examine how did we get here, where are we going and why are we here. This collage series, like my other large works in Venice that proceeded it, is a happy marriage of the ancient techniques of Venice and contemporary forms and media.”  Judi explains.


. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venice. Judi Harvest receives collectors, friends and press in the bar area of the Bistrot de Venise where her exhibition is hung, until April 5th.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venice. On a background of a Tiepolo ceiling astronauts, spaceships and planets are collaged.  “Venice has more full moons than anywhere else on the planet.  Satellites, aliens and a Venetian restaurant have more in common than meets the eye. As with all great works of art and relationships, they are concerned with communication, long before cell phones and email, news spread quickly and elegantly over food and drinks in Venice.” And more on Venice, “Of course gondolas are not rockets and vaporettos are not rovers, but the canals move and people communicate and work with their hands. Martians have come here to observe one of the last places on earth where meaningful conversations still happen at the table, where beauty is celebrated and computers have not replaced the artist’s hands.” Judi concludes.
Bistrot de Venise. Before there were art galleries in Venice, artists were invited to exhibit their work in restaurants. In fact, the Venice Biennale was created over coffee and drinks at the Caffe Florian. This exhibition keeps that tradition alive.In this age of wireless relationships, it is important to remember and frequent the places where food, wine and conversations became and still are, an art form.”
Above. One of the rooms of the Bistrot de Venise. The restaurant first opened in 1993 and has since become a hangout and meeting place where the figurative arts, poetry and culture combine, simply, with food and wine.

Bistrot de Venise. From Portoguaro, chef Mario Missese has been cooking in Venice since the 1980’s his food is “tasty and colorful” and is a modern reinterpretations of historical Venetian cuisine.

Bistrot de Venise. Bavetta shaped spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and topped with basil pesto coulis.

 Architect and designer Antonio Zambusi.

Will Mattia grow up to be an architect or designer like his father, mother and grandfather above? 

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venice. Judi Harvest draws in the visitor’s book, she is siting between art events organizer, Mario Di Martino and to her left, the curator of her exhibition, Emanuele Horodniceanu.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venice. The drawing in the pages of the restaurant’s visitors book depicts the people at the table, Judi used all the ingredients on hand; lipstick, candle wax, red wine, friends, food, art, Martians, satellites, stars, chocolate and coffee….to create it.

Bistrot de Venise.  One of the many deserts. The caramelized sugar topping on this delicious trio is inspired by Murano glass, it sits on top of a chocolate and coconut glace, in the middle are crumbled marron glaces and in the foreground, a mandarin and coffee sorbet a on a crumble base.

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