Usually, when you see bologna and cheese behind glass, it’s next to the turkey loaf at the deli counter. However, the new installation from artist Steve Payne, currently on display in the windows of Capitol Video on Military Road, has given new context to our most popular processed meat product.
Calling back to the convenience stores that were once part of residential row housing throughout downtown, “Groc. & Conf.” depicts two staples of the local convenience store: Maple Leaf bologna and block cheddar cheese.
Payne says, “I thought the graphic bologna and cheese photos might be a fond, but suitably irreverent, reminder of the row house Groc. & Conf.’s that I remember from Bond and Gower Streets way back when.”
“I’m guessing that ‘grocery and confectionary’ probably got abbreviated to ‘Groc. & Conf.’ by some anonymous sign company designer in the 1960s. And then it caught on.” says Payne. “I wonder if anyone knows the truth of it.”
The work of Steve Payne, a freelance photographer in Toronto and Harbour Grace, can be seen on his website. “Groc. & Conf.” can be seen outside 134 Military Road.