Organized by month, Food Scans is a series that showcases the beauty and bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Just as produce picked at peak flavor requires very little adornment on the plate, such was the case with these pictures. Simply placed on the scanner, we're able to see every curve, nook, and cranny in incredible detail — and mirrored images allow us to explore symmetry, natural beauty, and the way imperfections and inconsistencies often become the most breathtaking examples of nature's artistry.
a collaboration between Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves
The fallout of the Food System
Gingerbread Art Galleries
Recently completed for display at Dylan’s Candy Bar during Art Basel Miami, these towering architectural creations of the world’s most famous art museums and galleries were created with gingerbread and candy by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves. An array of hard candy windows forms the iconic pyramid extension at the Louvre, while icing and gingerbread form the smooth curves of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Some of the iconic structures are so immaculately detailed that once photographed in black and white they almost look like the real thing.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York - Frank Lloyd Wright Icing, Gingerbread, Cotton Candy, Candy wrappers, licorice, sugar
The Louvre - Paris - Pyramid extension, I.M.Pei Gingerbread, hard candy, licorice
Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS) - Antwerp - Neutelings Riedijk Architects Gingerbread, lego candy, hard candy, sesame candy, chocolate, bubble gum, sour rolls
Maxxi - National Museum of the 21st Century Arts - Rome - Zaha Hadid Gingerbread, hard candy, lollipop sticks
Museo Soumaya - Mexico City - Fernando Romero Candy balls, gingerbread, sour rolls, taffy
Tate Modern - London - modern extensions, Herzog & de Meuron Gingerbread, hard candy, cotton candy, bubble gum
Gingerbread and Candy Galleries
These food maps created by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves originally were inspired by a passion for travel. Exploring new places through the food you eat is often a portal to the cultural complexities of that place.
In this series we have taken many of the iconic foods of countries and continents and turned them into physical maps. While we know that tomatoes originally came from the Andes in South America, Italy has become the tomato king. These maps show how food has traveled the globe - transforming and becoming a part of the cultural identity of that place. Who doesn't know the saying "throw some shrimp on the barbie" and not think of Australia? Who goes to France without eating bread and cheese? And who makes a Brazilian caipirinha without a fistful of limes?
These maps are a playful representation of our interpretation of food from around the world, painstakingly created with real unadulterated food. This project speaks to the universality of how food unites people, brings us together and starts conversation - just as we hope these beautiful maps will do too.
by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin
typeography by Sarit Melmed
Cheese and Bread
Bananas and Plantains
UK and Ireland
The rider is a series of requests a band or musician makes when playing a show. It typically outlines how they want their equipment to be set up and arranged through to how they want their dressing room organized and what food and drink they require. These requests range from the low maintenance to the outrageous. What attracted us to do this series was the way their requests manage to say something about the performers personality that words struggle to and how we can identify with them through food and drink. The catering riders themselves can be pretty comprehensive. We initially thought I would try and shoot the whole list of items but quickly realized that this would become an exercise in spending money and waste. So we decided to edit down and focus on the quirky and unique requests and how some of these things may be juxtaposed. Working closely with regular collaborator Caitlin levin we wanted to show these riders in a beautiful, noble and timeless way. The idea to show them in a Flemish Still Life manner was because we felt that there was a direct connection between the themes in the paining of time passing and mortality with the musician's time in the fading limelight and the short span they would have to be able to make these demands and have them fulfilled.
A collaboration between Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin typography Lorenzo Fanton
Power Hungry shows how authoritarian regimes throughout history have used food as a weapon, systematically oppressing, silencing, and killing people through starvation.
We want people to literally and figuratively sit down and look across a table to see the glaring disparities between the “haves and have nots." The world has clearly changed tremendously in just a few short decades. Swaths of the world's people, once routinely afflicted by sweeping hunger, have more regular access to food than before. Indeed, even some poor populations now face a greater threat from obesity than from starvation.
Yet tremendous imbalances exist in places both far away and closer to home. Many throughout the world are still forced to survive on the most meager of meals, or nothing at all, while a powerful few lavish in absurd culinary luxuries.
These are just a small sampling of the communities where such contradictions exist.
The Rice-Ko project began four years ago when our interest was piqued by the news reports of a famous Rothko painting being defaced in London’s Tate gallery. It turned out to be one of Rothko’s famed Seagram murals, one of many he was commissioned to do in 1958 by the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City.
Rothko originally accepted the commission, but soon came to resent it for many reasons. He famously quoted saying that he wanted to "upset, offend and torture" the diners at the Four Seasons and hoped to “ruin the appetite of every son of a bitch who ever eats in that room.” Rothko despised the fact that the restaurant represented everything he stood against in particular the rich and elite of New York Society. So after spending a year and a half creating 30 paintings, Rothko gave back the money and took back his paintings. Never did they grace the walls of the Four Seasons Restaurant.
Needless to say we were fascinated by this intriguing story. Not only did it offer insight into the mind of one of the worlds most renowned artists, but it connected food and art. This is really where our story began. We embarked on the journey of how we too could bring these two worlds together. Our first several iterations of this project reinterpreted some of the original Segram murals along with other famous Rothkos out of rice. The "Rice-Ko” was born.
As fate would have it, several years later we heard of the news of the closing of the Four Seasons Restaurant after almost 60 years. This iconic restaurant represented so many things to so many people. It was one of the first to introduce seasonal cooking into the mainstream. It was at the forefront of the food movement long before there was one, and for many years was considered to be the best restaurant in New York City. And on the other hand it is where the “power lunch” was invented and still to this day represents those things that Rothko had so long ago despised.
We couldn’t resist and had to revisit this series of works. We wanted to pay homage to both sides of this story, both Rothko and the restaurant. Again we used famous Rothko paintings, but instead of recreating the original Seagram Murals, we opted to celebrate the glorious food and innovation. Each piece represents an iconic element or dish from the restaurant’s history and even contains rice from the restaurant’s kitchen. While not as dark and serious as the original murals we hope to have successfully merged the worlds of food and art, and honored the legacy of both.
Deep Fried Gadgets
I like to play with food and the juxtaposition of different worlds. I found a video of some japanese kids trying to deep fry a PSP and eat it, it didn't work and they made a mess of it, but I loved the idea and thought it could be expanded and photographed in a beautiful way. Electronics have become almost a holy device, the way a new apple device sends people out of their minds. But as soon as the next model comes out the last is immediately forgotten. This is a commentary about the similarities between tech culture and fast food. Quickly devoured and then discarded because of our appetite for the newest product.