Art Review: Liz Hickok's Giant Jell-O Jigglers

Liz Hickok's photographs of cityscapes made from multi-flavored Jell-O are certainly fun and curious. There's obviously an enormous amount of work required for each photographic setup--making the molds, the staging areas, the miniature foliage, lighting. Hickok recreates the San Francisco skyline as seen from Alcatraz, the White House, the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks as glowing, multicolored, slightly unstable structures and cities lit from below.

Hickok feels there's a metaphor at work in these images: That the Jell-O represents or transmits the fragility of the natural and man-made real world. But subscribing to that analysis only injects cynical intellectualism into what is essentially bizarre and otherworldly.

Any kid would want a Jell-O city for their birthday party, so they could admire it, jiggle it, and decimate each Jell-O skyscraper and house one-by-one. The exhibit also makes us wonder: Just how big is Hickok's refrigerator? And has the Food Network called yet?

Through July 31. De Santos Gallery, 1724 Richmond, 713-520-1200.

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