Portland photographer Isabella Cassini is not a huge enthusiast of arranging foodstuff perfectly on a plate. In its place, she prefers to smash these plates. In her debut exhibition, Smash Love Consume!, Cassini showcases shattering teacups with tea flying in each route, bowls of Froot Loops slipping to the ground, and spaghetti and wine colliding.
“I consider damaged items are beautiful … it’s okay to make a mess and it really is okay to spill milk,” claims Cassini.
From time to time, Cassini’s smashing takes on a additional unpleasant tone, like a crushed heart-shaped cake with “I Adore You” scribbled on it. Other times she will take a additional meditative tactic, generating kaleidoscope-like pictures with preparations of fruits, veggies, and bouquets. In a person photo, she dissects a dish down to its factors: a burger with its bun, patty, lettuce, and tomato suspended higher than 1 one more. The backdrop for the show is a gritty, repurposed Slabtown warehouse at 1520 NW 20th Ave, giving a stark contrast between the colourful, thoroughly composed prints and the run-down venue.
For Cassini, who has identified as Portland house for the final 4 decades, this present is her key foray out of the world of professional images, where she did assignments for brand names which includes Gallo Salame, into the fine artwork earth. Over and above the photos, some of the operates also have an multisensory part—some of her kaleidoscope photographs are labeled “Smell-O-Eyesight,” and Cassini sprays diligently decided on perfumes from Home of Fragrance on Hawthorne to accompany the photographs. And on September 17, Cassini will host Portland star chef Gregory Gourdet for a specific interactive function involving food—stay tuned for more particulars.
Meanwhile, you can check out out Cassini’s clearly show on Friday evenings from 7–10 p.m., furthermore Saturdays and Sundays from noon–3 p.m. The present operates into September (stop day TBD). Acquire a seem at a person of her photographs and understand more about the content, messy course of action at the rear of it (scroll all the way to the base for a extremely great powering-the-scenes video clip).
“A couple decades in the past I constructed these 9 foot tall ramps. I crafted them out of two by fours. I’d never ever picked up a drill just before…. I place an ad on Craigslist to see if somebody random could help me. The ramp’s purpose is to shoot foods down the ramp and have them collide into every single other. You can consider how odd the ad browse on Craigslist. I’ve tried out a variety of distinct approaches in which to capture the impression, or release the shutter. One particular has been by means of seem that just one has not been incredibly productive. One is by a laser beam.”
“There’s so several physics at participate in that I wasn’t even seriously knowledgeable of when you’re dealing with throwing two distinct objects down … the precision that it would just take for them to strike at exactly the exact same time…. But the trial and error is the pleasurable component. You just make a large mess everywhere you go.”