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The Bacon Show!

The Bacon Show is up at Mew Gallery in South Philadelphia!

The Bacon show celebrates the glory of bacon.  It may be common knowledge that bacon, the candy of meats, is the new black.  That's no reason to miss this small but impressive exhibit of fun bacon art.  The Bacon Show is at Mew Gallery in Philadelphia and it includes ten artists, including 4 of the meatartists.com artists! 

The exhibit spans fine art painting, photography, and drawing as well as impressive kitschy crafts that will make you realized you've been missing out on the glory of bacon until now.   It will also make you realize your holiday gift-giving doldrums are over!  The show is fun, the show is affordable!  Anything else would be a disgrace to bacon, which should never be disrespected!
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Come to the exhibit (the opening reception is Nov. 7th) and see for yourself or shop online!  All of the exhibit is attainable through the site.  If you're interested in a purchase, just email!
Images of the exhibition will be on flickr  and here!

more images below will be added, scroll and scroll to see some images of the show.

(west wall art -left to right : Jacob Crose, Mike Geno, Ken B. Miller, John Wolfer, Jessica Lewis)

(east wall art - left to right: John Wolfer, Sappymoosetree, Mike Geno, Ellen Cagnossola aka: sweetsoaps.com , Cho)

"A Little Bacon" by John Wolfer - 2009, acrylic on board, SOLD

"Bacon" by John Wolfer - 2009, framed painting, acrylic on canvas, $600

(on top) "bacon friends", water color, $40
"breakfast" SOLD!, (yarn, glue, paint), $80
by sappymoosetree(.com)


"Bacon Strips" by Jessica Lewis: 16.25" x 22.5" Digital Print Mounted with archival board under museum glass,   $365  Prints also available from the artist.

"pancetta", 5.5x8" oil on wood, $300
"cooked bacon", 8.25x8.25" oil on wood, $500 by Mike Geno

Soap art handcrafted by Ellen Cagnossola of sweetsoaps.com
“This one ate at the market”
Maple scented bacon soap sculpture  $12.95
Bacaon Soap Bar, Snowman Poop Bar, $5 each
(Bars available @ sweetsoaps.com)

“probably soy bacon” by Jacob Crose
mixed media on paper, SOLD

“Dennis the Pig” by Ken B. Miller
archival pigment print in mixed media hickory-smoked frame $250

"4470002328" by Cho
Digital Photographic Print, $175

"seven days of pancetta" by William Pettit
5x7 cm each, $30 each, $180 for the set.

“Mona Bacon” by Mike Geno
19x13" framed archival pigment print $75, unframed $65
14x11” framed archival pigment print $45, unframed $35

"bacon magnets" by sappymoosetree  8"x2", $6 each.
There's less than 30 in the shop for the show.  There's some in the Mew Gallery window display as well as on a table in the show.
You can get more online from sappymoosetree.com !

Customized Bacon Pillows, all SOLD!
I forgot to photograph the 4th, my favorite, which has 3 strips and "3 degrees of kevin B." hand embroidered onto it.

In the window at Mew Gallery:  "bacon bright" by Mike Geno, hand-painted bacon floor lamp,  $85.00

here's some other items by Mike Geno available at the show
and they're also available online here

"bacon pals" blank card/envelope, $4.50 each

"bacon love" archival 8x10" print, $20

"bacon tree" holiday postcards available in packs of 5! at the show and online.

more photos of the work and window display to come! stay tuned.
email for any questions regarding a purchase.


John Wolfer - Painter, educator, meat man

John Wolfer is a Cincinnati based artist-teacher that first contacted me to discuss meat paintings, something we had in common.  He also had a history with the meat room, through his dad being a butcher.  He often painted scenes of a meat counter and later brought in the traditional advertisements into his compositions.  
 Over the years our long distance friendship included meeting, finally, for our exhibition "Meat Store" in Brooklyn in 2006 at gallerythe.  We've kept in contact and that's partially the reason for this site.  Meat artists sharing and connecting like John and I have has led to unexpected opportunities. 

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(Below is a letter I was asked to write on his behalf)
John Wolfer has developed, and continues to develop, a body of work that captivates, provokes and entertains.  His paintings depicting still scenes of under the meat counter have, at first glance, a seemingly serious still-life realist agenda.  It’s after one’s eye travels through this painted space that a humor and affection for the subject emerge.  Inclusion of what is normally overlooked such as the text in price signs next to the subject for sale, acts as subtle hint towards a more whimsical reading of these images of slaughtered animal parts.

Pushing further, John explores subtleties that seduce the viewer with the color and patterns of raw meat.  His spirals of tubular ground meat produce a decorative design that few can ignore.  The map-like patterns of marbleized steaks and chops are blunt reminders of the individuality of each piece of meat.  This keeps the subject from being reduced to simply stylized icons.  The presentation and detail provided creates abstractions of the subject’s beauty and forces the audience to address meat on various levels that they likely have not previously explored. 
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The humor and edge of voice seems to result from John’s incorporation of text and printed image combined with the meat.  His work has expanded, referring to the consumer – commercial side of our relationship with meat.  The images present an ambiguous attitude that is open to multiple readings.  The possibility of the playfulness of this side of John’s work has undeniably opened up new dialogues and extended the likely-hood of who is engaged as an attentive audience.

You can see more of his meat paintings here 



Dominic Episcopo -Photographer of fashion to food

Dominic Episcopo is an interesting photographer I've re-discovered for myself a few times. Yeah, that sounds weird, huh? You see, Dominic's practically a neighbor of mine yet (as of this post) I still haven't met him in person. The first time came across his work, I was instantly hit with the simultaneity of awe, amusement, reverence and bitter envy. His meaty photographs were part of a solo show at Bambi, a local and trendy gallery. It was one of those moments when a artist, like me, sees these photographs one can't help but immediately understand the simple genius in the work. While my eyes were still taking in the fresh beauty I thought "someone beat you to it, Mike. Damn, that's a great idea". Months later, I recognized his work instantly when I opened up the first official issue of Meatpaper magazine and saw one of his states of meat pieces. I had to contact him later, and thank him for inspiring me to submit my own images to that super meaty magazine. More recently, Ive found Dominic's work displayed in a fine art printed poster in Old City, Philadelphia's Silicon gallery and his series of photos, 'The United Steaks of America', have been featured in the Huffington Post. Yeah, he's been busy.

Much of his work takes common culture subject into the hight art world via a high-end fashion photographic language.
You can check out more of Dominic's work on his own website: http://www.episcopo.com/


William Pettit -Painter, Poet, Humble Lover of Food & Music

William Pettit first contacted me in 2006. I love that gmail archives all my conversations. Our communications revealed we had quite a lot on common. We are both native to Philadelphia, we're alumns of Tyler School of Art there's our love of Italy and of course, MEAT. While one can relate to how he isolates his subjects to focus on the abstraction within representation, his work takes on a richness that seems clearly linked to his admitted "looking at renaissance style still-lives ".

Here's some of his earlier works from around that time:

As we've maintained contact through the years I've watched William's paintings of meat cross-connect to his other bodies of work, no pun intended, as abstraction has merged with his meat.
These are from the fall of 2008:

Poured hearts. 20 x 30 cm each, oil on canvas. (layered, liquid)

CELESTIAL BODIES. Paintings 2008
"I dream the Body Cosmic,
From Muscle and Bone to Tissue and Liquid. Structure dissolves, like an Ortolan’s.
From Earthly Subsistence to Biological Decomposition and Spiritual Transformation. A Zero in Limbo.
From the Storm the Chaos the Eruption which, ordered, Formed life. Structure returns, like Ice’s.
Of Celestial and Terrestrial Bodies, Space & Transcendence.
COSMOS. Ghosts of Infinity.
" -Bill

5 x 7cm (about 2 x 3 ") each, oil on stretched canvas. (micro stained smears).

below is from a series - Celestial Bodies, Part II. The Eight Planets Mon Sep 15, 2008

As a father, painter, teacher, poet and song writer, he keeps pretty busy obviously. You can find some of William's other work online as well as his art work.

* here's a link to his work featured on the great site: EAT ME DAILY.


Jessica Lewis - Sculptor, photographer and installation artist

Jessica just sent me new images of some of her meat related work. She explained that her site is under construction at the moment but sent an informal statement with some images. I like the connection to the market in her work. If you visit our flickr account, you'll find connections with John Wolfer's work. Soon to be featured.

Jessica :"These are digital prints of meats that I sculpted and cast from actual meat. They were then painted and placed within an environment I also constructed that references supermarket environments. The meats look almost identical from a distance but upon closer examination are slightly unique. I am fascinated by the color and and texture as well as repulsed. This setting is also the way in which most Americans find their meat products. We can buy it with the same regard we buy shampoo or soup and it looks the same everywhere. In the one with the pig heads, I made casts of a real pig head I bought in a grocery store. I've always thought it was interesting that the closer the meat looks to its original source the more put off people generally are. "


featured items in our meat art shop!

help an artist out, meat art makes great gifts!

Mike Geno's meat paintings are available as archival prints as well!

Check out his whole Etsy shop  or, just order this amazing bacon heart he designed on etsy or even here :

"bacon love" is printed on 8x10" epson paper and printed with archival pigment based inks that will not fade.

archival print, signed & titled by the artist
print size: 8 x 10"
image size: 5 x 5"

It's yours for $20 + s&h.  paypal ($25) to buy.geno@gmail.com and include name and address.

see detail here