Ro2 Art Gallery presents Petr Shvetsov: "Tex Mex" opening reception
Ro2 Art Gallery presents "Tex Mex," a solo exhibition featuring works by Russian artist, Petr Shvetsov. Shvetsov’s first solo exhibition at Ro2 Art is a collection of paintings of Tex-Mex cuisine rendered as a "glitched" depiction of the iconic dishes. From tacos and tortas to rice and beans, Shvetsov’s food portraits convey the warmth as well as the fleeting gratification one receives upon encountering the cuisine.
Interested in the connections between food and culture as well as the role food can play in formulating a cultural identity, Shvetsov creates his paintings to exhibit our obsession with food. Even when overdone, Tex-Mex is always rich and welcoming much like that of Shvetsov’s native Russian cuisine. His portraits juxtapose the hearty meals with harsh black backgrounds, having various hues of paint pulled across the surface. He describes his series as an homage to Dutch painting which he deeply admires.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through August 31.