DEEP INTO HELENA
39,37 x 39,37 in
100,0 x 100,0 cm
The panels of polyptych “Tasty” composed of the depictions of Russian borsch and steamed salmon with vegetables appear as a remarkable grotesque, an odd mix of pop art jelly apples, ice-cream cones, sandwiches, Wayne Thiebaud’s cakes and faded drawings of green peas, mayonnaise, cheese, and Siberian pelmeni from the Soviet collection of recipes “The Book of Tasty and Healthy Food”. Meter-long plates of food grab our attention the same way as the colorful circles of Damien Hirst, his mechanically produced spin paintings. Like the works of Hirst and Warhol, a bowl of borsch at the restaurant (Kamara made the painting especially for the restaurant) also represent a mechanical item. The same industrial and replicated recipe featuring ingredients accurately weighed to a fraction of an ounce. It seems not artistic at all. Or does chef the creator endow every dish with something unique so the guests would enjoy the old new taste every time they visit?
Surrounded by the black nothing the plates are floating like the planets in the deep space or the world ruled by Gargantua and Pantagruel. A mere borsch and a mere fish cooked over and over again are in fact one of a kind. As well as the diversity of life in our