Friday, October 30, 2020. Lots of rain and cold air covering a lot of the East and the Northeast yesterday in New York; with temps in the low 50s and high 40s, and the Real Feel in the low 40s. Brrr!
Today we are featuring an exhibition of Food Art by Harley Langberg. You never heard of Food Art? Well, I hadn’t until I ran into Harley’s mother Kelly Langberg, who naturally is very proud of her son’s artistic inventiveness.
Harley is a New Yorker, born and raised. Being an artist, he also has a day job working with his family office (which has been around for over 100 years). Food artistry, I have learned (from Harley), is not new but has become more popular over the last decade.
Harley has been creating it for more than seven years after seeing (and loving) a food art photography exhibition. He’s built up an Instagram following of more than 34,000 followers, and has worked with many businesses over the years including The Food Network, Billboard, Focus Features, Kroger, Chili’s, and Refinery29, Little Caesars, Thomas English Muffins.
He also does holiday pieces and celebrity portraits. Among his portfolio is a recreation of a Keith Haring piece and a portrait of Mufasa from The Lion King. Food Art or not, all of his pieces are 100% edible (at least at the time of creation). What amazes me about these portraits is that every aspect of them is “food.” For example, the color black, I’ve learned, is made from eggplant skin.
Harley and the food artist community have pushed the traditional boundaries of “food” demonstrating that it can be consumed by “viewing.”
This is the essence of Food Art. The ingredients used in Harley’s pieces are carefully selected, spanning both the food pyramid and the globe. The vision for his creations can come from anywhere: replicating a famous work, referencing pop culture, celebrating a holiday or bringing to life something that strikes his eye while walking down the street. All of his pieces have one theme in common — they will fascinate, amaze, and amuse.
His portraits of individuals are the best. The perfect gift for a birthday boy or girl, to be presented at table (along with the cake — or as the cake!). It’s also perfect for corporate marketing, or as a “special” gift to celebrate a special day.
Harley can be contacted via his website, which is chock-full of his food artwork, here.
Meanwhile, here is a portfolio of some of his creations including a few daunting and delectable Halloween dishes. Enjoy!
While food can be fun, it’s also serious business. City Harvest, if you don’t already know, is New York City’s private response to hunger, helping to feed the millions of New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables right now. They are committed to feeding everyone who relied on them before the COVID-19 pandemic, and to meeting the increasing need for many of those who are experiencing the pandemic of hunger.
A donation of any size goes a long way.