Winston Wächter Fine Art is excited to announce its first solo show with photographer Christopher Boffoli, entitled Edible Worlds. For this show, Boffoli features a series of crisp and vividly colored images. The viewer becomes voyeur in each captured moment and is privy to scenes of work, play, and conversation. Snaphots of saturated color and massive food items allow the miniatures who stand in Boffoli’s surreal scenes to come to life. This juxtaposition of scale has been inspired in part by the heavy use of this visual device in films and television from the 70’s and 80’s (ie. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and The Incredible Shrinking Woman) and the 18th century fable, “Gulliver’s Travels.” A wide range of human interaction is captured throughout this series within a dizzying array of produce and prepared staged foods.
The tone of Boffoli’s images runs the gamut from racy, to humorous, to poignant, as the viewer peers in on the figures’ routines and activity. His captions and use of titling highlight the satiric aspect of this work. They lend a comparative irony through works like “Broccoli Mower,” or “Strawberry Harvesters,” where the tasks performed by the characters seems Herculean. There are also more quiet moments within this series; “Clamshell Lovers” and “Mustard Technician,” which evoke a sense of humanity whether through a burst of emotion or daily drudgery.
Boffoli’s work has been shown throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Monaco. He holds a BA in Communications and English from the College of Charleston, South Carolina. Boffoli was recently nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award in 2012. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington.