from April 17 to May 12, 2014, Roza Azora Gallery
Roza Azora Gallery is pleased to present Naked Ravioli, a solo exhibition of new paintings by New York artist and gourmet cook Jay Batlle, for whom this will be the first exhibition in Russia.
The show will start with Batlle’s “Naked Ravioli Performance”, in which the artist himself will prepare ravioli nudi – a classic Italian dish - for all present in the gallery at the opening.
For the exhibition Naked Ravioli, Batlle contrasts two new series of paintings on restaurant stationery, one of nudes and the other of doodles. Both groups catch the artist daydreaming, doing something automatically and without thinking. However Batlle’s characteristic nonchalance, his hit-or-miss doodling, his "let's try this" and "how about that” are here contained by the formal style and content of an overall restaurant theme. The result is a series of simple, exuberant gestures that recall the drawings of artists like Ludwig Bemelmans, James Thurber, or Saul Steinberg. In these pieces and in his earlier "epicurean" paintings, drawings, videos and sculptures, Jay Batlle has consistently used his own gourmet habits as a source of inspiration and subject matter. His work is at once a light-hearted celebration of food-related decadence, and a salute to the way food and drink are prepared and enjoyed by human beings everywhere.
Works by Jay Batlle have been exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world, including Metro Pictures, Paul Kasmin, Casey Kaplan, the Chelsea Museum, Exit Art, The Dorsky Gallery in New York, the Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenössische Kunst in Münster, The Abteiberg Museum in Mönchengladbach, Germany, the National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago de Chile, and the Museum of Liverpool, United Kingdom. His paintings and sculptures feature in a number of major private collections and in the public collection at the Artothek in Cologne.