This monograph is the first full edition of the iconic Cake images that Gary Komarin has been painting since the early 90s. The Cakes have been exhibited in galleries spanning from New York to Tokyo, and reside in the permanent collections of contemporary art museums worldwide. Komarin views the Cake as a marriage between the Architectural and the Domestic - Komarin’s father was an Architect who trained in Europe, and his mother a self-taught baker who hailed from Vienna. Komarin shares stories of the lopsided and misshapen cakes produced by his mother, often dripping off the plate, but always delicious and full of love. These domestic scenes became formative iconography in Komarin’s contemporary work.
The book, designed with Payton Heller, shows not only the cakes but various oblique photos of objects in the studio and things and places that Komarin looks at or has touched in some manner. The book also has short essays and quotes about his work to further inform the audience.