FALLEN FRUIT BIOGRAPHY
Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work.
Fallen Fruit began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. The collaboration has expanded to include serialized public projects and site-specific installations and happenings in various cities around the world. By always working with fruit as a material or media, the catalogue of projects and works reimagine public interactions with the margins of urban space, systems of community and narrative real-time experience. Public Fruit Jams invites a broad public to transform homegrown or public fruit and join in communal jam-making as experimentation in personal narrative and sublime collaboration; Nocturnal Fruit Forages, nighttime neighborhood fruit tours explores the boundaries of public and private space at the edge of darkness; Public Fruit Meditations renegotiates our relationship of ourselves through guided visualizations and dynamic group participation. Fallen Fruit’s visual work includes an ongoing series of narrative photographs, wallpapers, everyday objects and video works that explore the social and political implications of our relationship to fruit and world around us. Recent curatorial projects reindex the social and historical complexities of museums and archives by re-installing permanent collections through syntactical relationships of fruit as subject.
Fallen Fruit uses fruit as a common denominator to change the way you see the world.
Fallen Fruit is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program
2013 Creative Capital Grantee, Emerging Fields
2013 Emerging Fields, Muriel Pollia Foundation Awardee
BIOGRAPHY – DAVID BURNS co-founder and artist (http://www.davidburnsprojects.com)David Burns
David Burns is a visual artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. His recent video work has shown in festivals and galleries including; The Getty Center, Los Angeles, The Tate Modern/Tank.tv, London, The Armenian Museum of Experimental Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea, Florean Museum of Art, Romania, and in festivals including; InsideOUT, ADD-TV, Pressplay, Mix Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, NEWFEST and others. Burns’ recent art projects have been shown at Ars Electronica, Austria, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Netherlands Architecture Institute at Maastricht, The Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, Momenta, Another Year in L.A., Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Acuna-Hansen, Bonelli Contemporary, 18th Street Arts Center, LA Freewaves, Track 16, The Armory Center for the Arts, Machine Project, WORKS, REDCAT, MESSHALL, and Artists Space. Recent reviews and publishing may be seen in The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, ArtForum, Cabinet, Paper, Rhizome, Mother Jones, Artillery, Los Angeles Magazine, READYMADE, The O.C. Weekly, The L.A. Weekly, FAB magazine, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, and more. Recent curatorial projects include: BUMP, co-curated with Margie Schnibbe, EMBODIED TECHOLOGIES, co-curated with Legier Beiderman, ARTLUST, co-curated with Bruce Yonemoto, MP4-FEST and OPEN ARCHITECTURE, co-curated with Saskia Wilson-Brown. Awards include: GOODWORKS, ARTMATTERS, YouTube Featured Video, LA Weekly’s Best of L.A., Rhizome.org new media award, Yahoo! Best of the Web, Berkeley Film Festival, Best Experimental, Eye-Opener Award / 2nd City Council, The Medici Scholars Grant.
BIOGRAPHY – MATIAS VIEGENER co-founder and artist (2004 through May 2013)Matias Viegener
Matias Viegener works solo and collaboratively in the fields of writing, visual art, curating, and social practice. He is the author of 2500 Random Things About Me Too, a book of experimental non-fiction hailed as the first book composed on and through Facebook. In 2004 he co-founded Fallen Fruit, a participatory art practice focusing on fruit, urban space and public life; he left the collaboration in 2013. His work has been exhibited at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Ars Electronica, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), The Hammer Museum, ARCO Madrid, Machine Project, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, The Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, and The Drawing Center, as well as in Denmark, Germany, Austria, Colombia and Mexico. With Christine Wertheim, he has edited two anthologies, The Noulipian Analects and Séance in Experimental Writing. He is the editor and co-translator of Georges Batailles’ The Trial of Gilles de Rais. He has fiction in the anthologies The &Now Awards—The Best Innovative Writing, Vital Signs—Essential AIDS Fiction, Encyclopedia F-K, Chronometry, Men on Men 3, Sundays at Seven, Dear World, Abject and Discontents, edited by Dennis Cooper. He has published in Afterimage, American Book Review, Artforum, Art Issues, ArtUS, Artweek, Black Clock, Bomb, Cabinet, Critical Quarterly, Ex Nihilo, Fiction International, Framework, High Performance, The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, The Huffington Post, Mirage, Paragraph, Radical History Review, Semiotext(e), Suspect Thoughts, and X-tra, for whom he writes frequently on visual art. He teaches at CalArts and is the recipient of a 2013 Creative Capital Grant.
BIOGRAPHY – AUSTIN YOUNG co-founder and artist (http://www.austinyoung.com)
Austin Young, based in LA, for over 25 years has been a celebrated portrait photographer and artist, whose works blurs the lines, and transcends the distinctions, between fashion, portraiture, and gender. He’s created an encyclopedic documentation of sub and trans culture in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. His work has expanded to include performative collaborations with the public. He is co-founder of the art collectives Fallen Fruit and TRANIMAL. In ‘TRANIMAL Workshop,’ gallery attendees go through a conveyor belt of artists to be transformed into genderless expressions of the subconscious. In his solo show, YOUR FACE HERE, the public became the subjects, via portraiture, of his show. Young’s work has been featured in Vogue, 7Hollywood,Flaunt and Interview Magazine, Machine Project Gallery, WOW Storefront Gallery, Chloe Flores Facebook Page, POP Tart Gallery, Berkeley Art Museum, the Hammer and Stephen Cohen Gallery. His Video work has won awards and shown at Frameline, Outfest, MIX NY, and his 2nd feature film based on his social practice play, “TBD The Musical by EVERYONE Who Comes” will premiere in 2014. He recently broke attendance records at LACMA with his collaborators Fallen Fruit and received praise for Tranimal 2010 at the Hammer Museum as “One of 2010’s Top Ten fashion trends in LA” – Lina Lecaro, LA Weekly.