The Porter Contemporary Gallery in Chelsea is presenting a collection of new works by Jeff Huntington for an exhibition titled Bliss Point. For this show, Huntington offers his paintings for which he used cutouts and clippings from magazines to portray individuals coping with pressures of society to be skinny. He also sheds light on the amount of sugar Americans consume leading to an obesity epidemic.
For instance, Deep Breath Before the Plunge illustrates a chubby toddler wearing glasses with one lens possessing the colors of the rainbow, and the other lens possessing a spiral to represent the child being hypnotized to believe that sweet treats bring happiness. Pieces such as You Are What You Eat—(Chloe) depicts a young Asian girl with a sullen expression on her face which is embedded with images of different types of food. These include fish bones near her eyebrows, and sweeter items such as cupcakes, cookies, and lollipops. Bliss is a similar image featuring a young boy with his eyes closed and mouth open whose face is comprised of cookies, ice cream, cake, and other confections. A magazine clipping of the word “indulge” can be seen inside strands of the child’s hair.
At The Porter Contemporary Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., through Nov. 16. The gallery is open Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment.