Harvest: Good enough to eat

Harvest food shoot
QAGOMA Executive Chef Josue Lopez styling his plate for the ‘Harvest’ publication / All photography: Mark Sherwood, QAGOMA

Executive Chef Josue Lopez is acquiring quite the loyal following of dedicated Brisbane epicurists thanks to the magic that has spilled out of his kitchens since taking over the Gallery’s restaurants in 2012.

But it was the respect in the industry he had already cooked up for himself that saw the GOMA Lounge transform last week into a set for Harvest – the most delicious take on Australian exhibition publishing to date – published to accompany the upcoming exhibition of the same name at GOMA from June 28.

Some of the biggest names in the Australian restaurant industry descended on the Gallery to whip up some culinary masterpieces, the recipes for which will feature in a divinely illustrated recipe section. Harvest will showcase culinary masterpieces by renowned and highly acclaimed chefs Shannon Bennett, Alejandro Cancino, Brenda Fawdon, Peter Gilmore, Dan Hunter, Rene Redzepi, Ryan Squires, James Viles and Ben Williamson. It will be a celebration of food – as nourishment, the key to who we are, where we’ve been, and its power to bring people together.

And nowhere was this clearer in the Gallery over the last week than in the GOMA Lounge where these chefs mixed with curators, each other, photographers, stylist and journalists, amid flashing cameras, set props and artfully arranged plates of food. A scrumptious melting pot of people doing what they love to do and sharing it. (And for that a big thanks also needs to go to Jaime Reyes, food stylist, and photographer, Shane Holzberger, whose artful arrangements would be at home on the walls of the best art museums in the world.)

The publication may not be baked until June, but we already know that Harvest will be good enough to eat! Keep an eye on this blog for some more tasty morsels. For those of you who love your food as much as your art, it is highly recommended you add Harvest to your collection.

The exhibition ‘Harvest’ explores the production, consumption and symbolism of food. It takes as a point of departure colonial legacies and globalisation, labour and consumption in relation to the food industry. The exhibition will include over 100 works from all areas of the Gallery’s Collection, and will be presented in conjunction with the Australian Cinémathèque program ‘Harvest: Food on Film’.