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Big Appetites “Tiny Figures in a World of Food” photographs arrive in Boston


Massachusetts-born fine art photographer Christopher Boffoli’s famous series of fine art photographs “Big Appetites” is exhibiting in Massachusetts for the first time since they went viral – bringing him worldwide acclaim – in 2011. An assortment of photographs have arrived this week at Arden Gallery, 129 Newbury Street, Boston where they are now on display. The gallery is the new exclusive representative of Big Appetites series in Massachusetts.

Begun in 2002, Big Appetites is a series of photographs that features realistic, tiny figures photographed on real food backdrops. The images were inspired by Boffoli’s childhood in Worcester and the cinema, television and model building that introduced him to the concepts of scale juxtaposition. From the Keebler Elves to the Jolly Green Giant, the Ty-D Bol man to Honey I Shrunk the Kids, the concepts of mixed scales is a culturally recurring theme in American media, and also can be found in Western culture going back to Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and in just about every museum that features miniature, ancient artifacts.

Though the top notes of the series are color and humor, Big Appetites also is designed with social commentary on America’s often dysfunctional relationship with food: over-sized portions, junk food obsessions and food spectatorship.
Big Appetites photographs have been published in more than 95 countries around the world. They have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, ABC’s The Chew, Los Angles Times, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Fast Company, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Mental Floss and many more. Fine art photographs from the series can be found in galleries and private collections in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. A mass market book on the collection “Big Appetites” was published by Workman Publishing (New York) in 2013.

Though fine art photographs from the Big Appetites series have been a part of museum shows in New England – 2015’s “Sizing It Up: Scale in nature and Art” at Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum and in 2017 at Vermont’s Shelburne Museum’s “Art of Dessert” exhibition, this is the first time they have ever exhibited in Boston.
The artist’s studio will be happy to arrange interviews at your convenience and will also offer use of accompanying images for publication.

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