Jeff Bailey Gallery is pleased to present Abandoned Luncheonette, a group exhibition featuring paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture.
Luncheonettes came into being in the early 20th century, in small towns and big cities, serving quick meals in informal settings. The meals would be considered comfort food today: satisfying, familiar and easy to prepare, like pancakes, hot dogs or cupcakes. The environment would be shiny, clean and welcoming, for dining alone, a couple on a date, or small parties.
Perhaps their simplicity and familiarity is just as comforting as the food. Over and over again, one knows what to expect. But when your local or favorite luncheonette is shuttered, what memories might remain?
The title of the exhibition is taken from the 1973 Hall and Oates song of the same title. A couple, “he was the dishwasher,” meet many years later inside the derelict luncheonette where they first were attracted to each other, now “drawing faces in the tabletop dust.”