Cincinnati Food Portraits by VisuaLingual

Cincinnati Chili food portrait by VisuaLingual

Celebrate the crazy food that’s indigenous to Cincinnati and the Southwestern Ohio region! This new series of three-color serigraphs, each measuring 7×5 inches and printed in an edition of 20, depicts a Cincinnatish food item rendered in retro candy colors.

Above is Cincinnati chili, a regional style of chili characteristically served over spaghetti. While served in many regular restaurants, it is most often associated with several fast-food chains in the Cincinnati area, including Skyline Chili, Gold Star, Empress, and Dixie. Cincinnati chili seems to have originated with one or more immigrant restaurateurs from Greece who were trying to broaden their customer base by moving beyond narrowly ethnic styles of cuisine. Learn more about Cincinnati chili here.

Goetta food portrait by VisuaLingual

Goetta is a mix of ground meat and oats. Goetta is a peasant food of German origin that is popular in the greater Cincinnati area. Pronounced gétt-aa, ged-da or get-uh Americanized pronunciation, this dish originated with German settlers from the northwestern regions of Oldenburg, Hannover, and Westphalia who emigrated to the Cincinnati area in the 19th century. The word “Goetta” comes from the Low German word götte. Learn more about goetta here.

City Chicken food portrait by VisuaLingual

City chicken, or pork on a skewer, is sometimes known as mock chicken. The origins of the entrée and its name are not entirely known, but it is rumored to have originated during the Depression Era, when people took meat scraps and fashioned a makeshift drumstick out of them. It was a working class food item. During this period, pork was cheaper than chicken in many parts of the country, especially for those far from rural poultry farms. In spite of the name, the dish almost never contains chicken. Learn more about city chicken here.

All three prints are available at MiCA 12/v in Over-the-Rhine and in our online shop.

Be sure to check out our work at these other fine Cincinnati shops: Contemporary Arts Center gift shop downtown, Outside and Park+Vine in Over-the-Rhine, MiCA in O’Bryonville, and NVISION in Northside.

Outside of Cincinnati, you can find our seed bombs at Jayson Home & Garden in Chicago and at Rose Bredl in Columbus.

6 thoughts on “Cincinnati Food Portraits by VisuaLingual

  1. Is the owl for sale? Certainly adds to the attractiveness of your prints! p.s. I’m loving how banal and underwhelming some of Cincinnati’s most beloved foods are depicted. It’s fantastic!

  2. Heh, the owl is not for sale. It’s an imitation taxidermy owl; you could get your own for about $15. Lots of things that inspire our work could be called banal, I guess.

  3. None taken. The absurdity of creating a “portrait” of something as obscure, bizarre and unphotogenic as goetta is where a lot of its appeal lies for me. Check out the work of Ralph Goings as an example of someone who inspires us.

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