Baguette, 2012, 18” x 2 ”x 3", bread and epoxy resin, Egan Frantz, image source: Roberts & Tilton
The current group exhibition “The Road Ahead” at Roberts & Tilton, suggests outlooks of the future. The press release states “Artists…often reconstitut[e] elements of the past with present in an attempt to translate human experience and forge a more cohesive relationship with the future.” Artist Egan Frantz goes about this through his intervention with the baguette. “The Road Ahead” includes three Baguette works by Frantz.
Each Baguette is unique through its distinct size, suggesting the handmade as opposed to identical machine made loafs. Frantz elevates the long thin loaf from table to gallery wall while, preserving each baguette through an application of epoxy resin. The epoxy, applied with a heavy hand, leaves opaque Pepto-Bismol pink colored remnants throughout the crust. Through Frantz’s simple gesture of petrifying baguettes he actually breaks the bread; the resin preservation results in an undesirable mummified form revealing what was once the loaf’s soft and fluffy interior texture.
The inedible leaves one to contemplate the romantic notions associated with this symbol of French culture. Gone are the days of baking and breaking bread together. Baguette also brings to mind the unthinkable in processed foods, canned bread. Does the future hold a world wherein the baker’s baguette may be as rarified as the world of editioned, fine art collectibles consumable only by the upper crust of society, those with expendable dough?
“The Road Ahead” is on exhibit through July 28, 2012. Roberts & Tilton will feature a solo exhibition of Egan Frantz November 3 – December 5, 2012 with an opening reception on Saturday, November 3 from 6 – 8pm.
Baguette, 2012, 22” x 2” x 2”, bread and epoxy resin, Egan Frantz, image source: Roberts & Tilton
Baguette, 2012, 22” x 4” x 2”, bread and epoxy resin, Egan Frantz, image source: Roberts & Tilton