"Ewwwww!" went the mouths that belonged to the eyes that feasted on Tom Patton's Olive Loaf, a photograph that's part of the group show "Feed." The exhibit focuses on the role and the many incarnations of food in our culture, both celebrating and criticizing our current relations with one of the few things man can't live without. The work varies greatly, from Deanne Sokolin's Web site The Cooking Chronicles, documenting Jewish cultural identity through the making of meals; to the film Yumm by Les Blank; to a Tupperware party thrown by performance artist Helen Terrain; to tea readings. One of the most thought-through pieces, Lisa Gould's installation Fifteen Sauce....Endlessly Consumed, documents the evolution of a veal stock. The piece consists of elegant black-and-white photos of the stock being cooked, along with bags of cheesecloth suspended from the ceiling that drip with an actual gelatinized stock into silver cooking pots on the floor. In her personal statement, Gould quotes Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin: "The universe is nothing without the things that live in it, and everything that lives eats." "Feed" is up through June 13 at S.F. Camerawork, 115 Natoma (at Second Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 764-1001.
-- Marcy Freedman