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Stanford Slutsky (1941, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
American Artist and Sculptor
Reaching back in time to the summer of 1957, Slutsky drove a Good Humor Ice Cream Truck. They called him “Stan the Good Humor Man”. This was the reason he moved from his abstract optical illusion works, to his life long journey with food with an emphasis on sweet things.
Slutsky’s creations are three dimensional, mixed media and hyper-realistic sculptures in exaggerated sizes of foods, including large donuts covered with colorful sprinkles, popsicles, strawberry shortcakes dessert bars, ice cream on a stick that look like they are melting, cakes, candy, fruit and even a slice of watermelon and many more calorie free food and desserts.
Slutsky’s primary subject matter is mixed media sculptures that reflect his love affair with food. Prior to creating, he must sample the real thing and then he begins the process to build, construct, sculpt, sand and paint. His multi-colored, and textured surfaces are carefully crafted from materials that includes expanded polystyrene, Zeolite (white diamond crystals), acrylic paint, resins, plaster, medium density fiber board, wood, adhesives, high-gloss coatings and lots of imagination.
He has an innate reverence for the things we eat. Food brings people together and there is no better way to celebrate life. We take for granted the aesthetically pleasing and seductive looks of food. He likes to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise. His sculptures put viewers in a vulnerable state so that the viewer can communicate with their inner selves in a more honest and direct way. He activates the hunger people have for the things that give them pleasure and forces them to surrender. The sensual nature of his works stimulates basic human needs and desires that generate cravings and passion.
He hopes to bring a little nostalgia and memories of the sweet things in life. Who’s not getting just a little bit hungry while looking at these images?