Melting Chocolate Easter Bunnies by Momoyo Torimitsu [food art]
Currently on display at the Jane Kim / Thrust Projects gallery in New York City is a self-titled exhibit by Momoyo Torimitsu, featuring dozens of cast resin sculptures imitating melting chocolate Easter bunnies. Scattered throughout the gallery, some of the bunnies form groups, and some stand alone; while some are standing, others have fallen over. We were warned to step carefully, as some of the sculptures had already been trampled on. They're all in various levels of melting-ness — while some are perfectly intact, others are grotesquely deformed, even angry-looking. Some appear to be bending over, almost in prayer. Some seem perfectly happy to be there.
Running the gamut from milk chocolate to dark chocolate, to the lone white chocolate Easter bunny, the installation explores consumerism and religion, or as the artist statement puts it, serves as "a commentary on the commodity fetishism born from the annual U.S. holiday industry. Like their hollow bodies, the bunnies are void of their mythic meaning and theological connotations." It's a play on pop culture symbolism, and, while certainly humorous, it was all a little unsettling.
'Momoyo Torimitsu' runs from March 28th - May 16th
Jane Kim / Thrust Projects
114 Bowery #301 (3rd floor)
New York, NY 10013