STATIONERY PAINTINGS

“Batlle’s circulation of emblems and logos of status seem to have the desire to animate themselves. They could become characters on their own: the waiter, the chef, the collector, the conversationalist, the withdrawn poet, the fashion-conscious actor, the well-heeled gallerist, all seem to have been invited into the series as the subject of advancing art today. Impoverished and revealing faces alike—grimacing, mouthing, sighing with pleasure, and spiteful—are put in service of the implied economic service of the restaurant to the well-off client and a resulting critique that is hard to evade: art like an overpriced meal is to be enjoyed with the knowledge of its non-value or necessity.”  Fionn Meade

“Rather than making a thing that is fossilized in its status as trophy or financial instrument, Batlle inserts his work into the worlds that we know: the bon vivant, the chef, the artist, and the historian.  Much of how Batlle does this is performative.” Katherine Chan

Rigatoni Rain Romance 2015

152 cm x 101 cm / 60 x 40 inches

Mixed media on paper mounted on panel with recipe on verso

Photo: Joerg Lohse
Long Distance Phone Call 2015

152 cm x 101 cm / 60 x 40 inches

Mixed media on paper mounted on panel with recipe on verso

Photo: Joerg Lohse
St Ann’s School Teacher 2015

152 cm x 101 cm / 60 x 40 inches

Mixed media on paper mounted on panel with recipe on verso

Photo: Joerg Lohse
Ducksoup 2015

152 cm x 101 cm / 60 x 40 inches

Mixed media on paper mounted on panel with recipe on verso

Photo: Joerg Lohse
Demoiselles De Instagram 2018

Mixed media on canvas with recipe on verso

203 x 127 cm / 80 x 50 inches

Photo: Joerg Lohse
Grass Fed Meat Head 2018

Mixed media on canvas with recipe on verso

203 x 127 cm / 80 x 50 inches

Photo: Joerg Lohse
Sunnyside UP 2015

152 cm x 101 cm / 60 x 40 inches

Mixed media on paper mounted on panel with recipe on verso

Photo: Joerg Lohse
Cubist Chef 2018

Mixed media on canvas with recipe on verso

203 x 127 cm / 80 x 50 inches

Photo: Joerg Lohse