Opening October 3, 5-10pm at PDC Design Gallery in L.A.!
SUPERSHOW by Fallen Fruit ( David Allen Burns and Austin Young) opens October 3 – Feb 23 and consists of materials (such as textiles, chinaware, framed prints and refinished vintage furniture) from recently commissioned artworks.
Free public events will occur throughout the show, such as a fruit tree adoption and an opening night performance, Fruit Cocktail.
an exhibition by Fallen Fruit (David Allen Burns and Austin Young)
October 3 – February 23
PDC Design Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, SUPERSHOW, features the work of Los Angeles-based artists Fallen Fruit (David Allen Burns and Austin Young) and opens Thursday, October 3 with a reception from 5:00 – 10:00 pm and includes “Fruit Cocktail,” a special performance by Fallen Fruit. The exhibition will be on view until February 23, 2020.
SUPERSHOW Explores Fallen Fruit’s contemporary art practice, reflecting upon a broader, controversial global environmental movement involving food production. As food is inextricably bound to identity, small-scale self sufficient organic farming is becoming a means for cultural rediscovery, invigorating the politics of both left and right and going far beyond community gardening.
Using the subject of fruit as a cultural object to investigate the design of public space and collective experience, Fallen Fruit taps into urban agriculture, a growing global force highlighted recently in London at the Victoria & Albert Museum’s“FOOD: Bigger Than the Plate,” an exhibition featuring artwork by Fallen Fruit.
SUPERSHOW activates never before shown artworks and builds upon the visual vocabulary and material palettes from David and Austin’ (Fallen Fruit) back catalogue of intensive research based installations from recent commissioned projects. The exhibition will consist of recontextualized materials, a new wallpaper pattern created for Los Angeles, one-of-a-kind refinished vintage furniture pieces, and found objects. Other works include, wall coverings, textiles, plates, and framed artworks.
The exhibition presents recent works from Fallen Fruit’s installations, including Teatro del Sole created for Manifesta 12 at Palazzo Butera, Spectro Completo, for Orto Botanico, Palermo, selections from EMPIRE created for Newcomb Art Museum, New Orleans, The Practices of Everyday Life commissioned by 21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, and All Tomorrow’s Parties commissioned by Beth De Woody, for The Bunker in West Palm Beach.
Theater of the Sun by Fallen Fruit, at Palazzo, Butera commissioned by Manifesta 12
Participatory projects will be programmed during the run of the exhibition and will be open to everyone of all ages. Public Participatory Projects include a Public Fruit Tree Adoption where residents of Los Angeles are invited to expand Fallen Fruit’s Endless Orchard [..2] (endlessorchard.com) project awarded by Creative Capital (event dates to be announced).
Fallen Fruit has been recently featured in15 Los Angeles Artists to Watch, ARTnews (Cover); Artforum (Critic’s Pick);“Tasty and Subversive Too”, The New York Times; Conde Nast Traveler “18 Best Shows in London;” “Food Matters,” TheNew York Times and LA Confidential (Cover and Feature), “How Fallen Fruit is Changing the Art World & Life in LA.” Their work has also been featured in such book publications as The Idea of the West by Doug Aitken, The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, Come Together: The Rise of Cooperative Art and Design by Francesco Spampinato (Princeton Architectural Press) as well as numerous broadcast radio, TV, video and blog venues.
Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David Burns and Austin Young have continued the collaborative work.
DAVID BURNS BIO
David Burns received a BFA from CalArts and MFA from UC Irvine and he currently lives and works in Los Angeles. His video work has been shown in exhibitions including The Getty Center, Los Angeles, The Tate Modern/Tank.tv, London, The Armenian Museum of Experimental Art and Seoul Museum of Art, Korea.
Burns’ art projects have appeared at The Athens Biennale, Greece, 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, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, The Armory Center for the Arts, Machine Project, and Artists Space in New York. Recent curatorial projects include: Artists + Institutions: Common Ground with Sarah Beadle, Schindler House, Los Angeles and Let Them Eat LACMA with Jose Luis Blondet and awards include: Creative Capital, Rhizome.org New Media; Best Experimental, Berkeley Film Festival, and Sydney Underground Film Festival. Reviews and publications of Burn’s recent work include The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art Forum, Artillery, X-tra, Cabinet, Paper, Rhizome, The L.A. Weekly and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.
Austin Young is originally from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. His study at Parsons in Paris, France laid the foundations of a career in image-making that has spanned traditional portrait painting and photography, culminating in his signature use of nuanced visual language and pop-culture iconography. His trademark style and techniques have captured a broad palette of musicians, artists and celebrities including Debbie Harry, Leigh Bowery and Margaret Cho, among others. Austin (austinyoung.com and austinyoungforever on instagram) often confuses personality and identity issues confrontationally and unapologetically in works that split gender roles, stereotypical constraints and socially-constructed identities.
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Austin and David
Fallen Fruit Magazine: V&A Edition brings together public participation, local histories and story-telling. Using strategies of collage this temporary team of culture advocates use fruit as a symbol, object and/or subject to create original editorial content to produce a site-specific limited edition contemporary culture magazine. Each edition is unique and is editorially focused to topics and subject matter that is historically meaningful to a neighborhood and/ or region. For the ‘Victoria and Albert Edition,’ we collaborated with the Families Programme at the V&A in South Kensington, London on The Imagination Station.
V&A Families programme: The V&A Families programme nurtures imagination, creativity and intergenerational play, developing innovative partnerships with practitioners to deliver thought-provoking and multi-sensory activities that foster a life-long love of learning. #vamfamilies
Austin Young and David Burns, Collectively know as Fallen Fruit are included in the exhibition: FOOD BIGGER THAN THE PLATE
#fallenfruit / fallenfruit.org / endlessorchard.com / fallen_fruit
FOOD BIGGER THAN THE PLATE is curated by Catherine Flood and May Rosenthal Sloan – The exhibition invites visitors to participate, taste and debate, this bold exhibition explores current experiments at every stage of the food system – from compost to table. #plateup
You can take part in Fallen Fruit’s collective mapping and planting experience, the Endless Orchard, which explores the meaning of community through creating and sharing fruit trees: “Plant a fruit tree near your home. Share your fruit!”.
Fallen Fruit at Kunsthall 3.14
Bergen, Norway, opens June 21, 2019, 18:00
FALLEN FRUIT , DAVID ALLEN BURNS & AUSTIN YOUNG
Darkness is a Temporary Condition“
California-based artists group Fallen Fruit (David Allen Burns and Austin Young), make art which explores the role of fruit in creating shared culture both for the institutional art scene as well as for the public urban spaces. For Kunsthall 3.14 they will create two unique installation designs entitled The Day of Eternal Night and Midnight Sun, transforming the entire exhibition hall.
Darkness is a Temporary Condition, text by FALLEN FRUIT , DAVID ALLEN BURNS & AUSTIN YOUNG
There are two times per when terrestrial understanding of time space is suspended temporarily. On Summer Solstice, above the parallel the sun will never touch the horizon. On Winter Solstice, the inverse occurs, and the sun never rises above the horizon. It makes us think about the horizon, the world we know, and the conditions of life that exists between the earth and the sky.
Everything we have come to understand about the world is modulated by a rhythm of life, and organized by the rotation of the earth (with a slight wobble). The wobble is what makes a difference. It is the imperfection of the rotational axis that makes the world a kaleidoscope of color, shape, and form. This rotational pushing and pulling of light provides the necessary conditions for everything we know.. As the seasons shift all forms of life life goes to sleep and wakes up again in variations of patterns… one universal condition is repetition, a pattern that happens in about twenty-four hours. Another pattern happens in three hundred and sixty five days. Occasionally, and predictably, both of these patterns collide twice every year — at the summer and winter solstices.
The beauty of the world in all capacities persists — even in darkness. In everything we can imagine, the world that gives us joy, pleasure, and meaning — it is darkness that is a necessary condition from which beauty becomes possible. Without darkness, life would not persist with variations of color, shape, and form.
The rhythm of the sun and the moon is hypnotic. The cycles of the day and the night is a transnational ceremony — a never ending procession of waning and waxing. Ironically, in conventional thinking, we actually believe that time doesn’t shift and the meaning is terminal and a long-lasting determinate — as if ‘truth’ has a solid foundation. But, twice a year, on the solstices we can notice that in some parts of the world this illusion of understanding day and night is magically suspended for about 2.5 earth rotations. The horizon and the illusions of the suspension of time temporarily creates the greatest tromp l’oiel in the world — an on-going hallucination created by the earth and the sky.
The exhibition space is 3.14… begins with the number PI. This was not realized at first, perhaps overlooked, just like the horizon, the solstices, and the wobble of the earth. It is named for alphaprime — The best number in the known world. The thing that is neither divisible nor terminate. This new project created for 3.14 and the port city of Bergen, illustrates fruits from around the world in full spectral light and then into darkness and back again. A panoramic installation about cycles of balance in color shape and form.
– FALLEN FRUIT , DAVID ALLEN BURNS & AUSTIN YOUNG
Event Horizon by Fallen Fruit is a visual explosion of capacity to connect and create shared culture through the role of fruit. The wallpaper pattern in-stallation is creating a viewing environment encouraging action on part of the audience, going out into the world and planting a fruit tree. The artist explore this through their interactions with geography, history, culture, society, politics, and most importantly nature.
Fallen Fruit´s artistic investigation and responses to our local fruit growing traditions in the region and the history of import of fruit to our shores are interpreted in this exhibition. They create a site specific art installation , inviting us to experience Kunsthall 3.14 and its surroundings as fruitful places for a vital color and vitamin boost. A fresh breath!Fruit is a transcultural symbol of sharing. During Fallen Fruit´s presence in Bergen they will also leads us out into the city encouraging participation in the world´s largest Orchard. The artists´ project Endless Orchard is a living public artwork that anyone can eat from! Bergen Municipality will collaborate with the artists to realize this real living fruit orchard. Both the city´s gardeners and the public will plant, for the public and the bees – trees role in making our cities better places for people and nature to thrive.
Join us and interact! Anyone can plant, map, share, and navigate the fruit trees via the artists´ free online portal: EndlessOrchard.com or pick up the fruit map at 3.14 where it has been plotting the locations of fruit trees growing on, or overhanging, public space in Bergen.
The artists are relevant with their current exhibition at Albert & Victoria Museum and London as latest city added to the Endless Orchard.
Event Horizon © Fallen Fruit, 2019.
Kunsthall 3.14 ( formerly known as Stiftelsen 3,14) is a non-profit art institution centrally located in the heart of Bergen, almost exclusively working with international exhibitions and partnerships, with an emphasis on contemporary art beyond the western discourse.
Make a collaborative magazine with artists David Burns and Austin Young of Fallen Fruit using collage making and storytelling. Everyone is welcome. At the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
The Imagination Station: May Half-Term 2019
Join us for free making and performance activities this half-term, inspired by the exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate
FOOD: Bigger than the Plate
Curated by Catherine Flood and May Rosenthal
Opening on Saturday, 18 May 2019 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London
get tickets HERE
join us for our Fallen Fruit Magazine, V&A edition HERE
Inviting visitors to participate, taste and debate, this bold exhibition explores current experiments at every stage of the food system – from compost to table
From gastronomic experiments to urban farming, this exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.
This exhibition explores how innovative individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food. Taking visitors on a sensory journey through the food cycle, from compost to table, it poses questions about how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future in unexpected and playful ways.
The Exhibition will feature a major new commission by artists Fallen Fruit who will create a bespoke 12-metre squared wallpaper for the museum and maps of available fruit in the city. This will draw on the V&A’s collections and the horticultural history of the site – which was once an important nursery for fruit trees – to explore the past and contemporary role of fruit in creating shared culture. –more HERE.
Make a collaborative magazine with art collective Fallen Fruit using collage making and storytelling. Everyone is welcome. HERE
Please join us for an exhibition of 27 portraits
at the Little Gallery of San Bernardino,
April 20th, 2019
In exchange for drawing a self-portrait onto a hand-picked piece of fruit (oranges and lemons), each participant received a glass of organic juice. Collectively the citrusy self-portraits created a group portrait of everyone participated Hand-drawn expressions illustrate joy and innocence as well as wisdom and age. Portraits of participants along with their self-portraits are part of the recorded stories about the neighborhood and families of San Bernardino on the theme of … “Orange you glad…” Black markers and fruit become the drawing materials, and participants draw a picture of themselves without using a mirror in exchange for a glass of fresh juice. People can use the portraits on social media accounts as icons and avatars with hashtags. #orangeyougladtoseeme #FallenFruitSanBernardino
Fun social media campaigns like this one are a fantastic way to grow an online following. For example, Instagram users can simply search for the #orangeyougladtoseeme and #FallenFruitSanBernardino hashtags where they can find a huge range of posts from other people that are taking part in this awesome cause. In recent years, Instagram has become a crucial platform for aspiring artists as posting your work online can help to introduce your art to a wider audience so that you can build an online following. Consequently, adding hashtags to your posts helps potential new followers to find your account more easily. Want to learn more about how to grow a following on visual social networking platforms like Instagram? If so, head to the Nitreo website where you can find a wide range of Instagram boosting tools to enhance your social media marketing efforts.
Fallen Fruit’s project for San Bernardino evolved by working together with community members in the creation of a living artwork – an extension of an ongoing Fallen Fruit project called the “Endless Orchard.” The Endless Orchard builds community through expanding public access to fresh fruit. Fallen Fruit San Bernardino’s main site was The Garcia Center for the Arts in the City of San Bernardino, with other programming and plantings taking place at The Feldheym Library, with additional sites in Victorville, Lake Arrowhead, and Crestline. The project included plantings of a variety of citrus trees at the Garcia Center, fruit tree adoptions, poetry and collage that we turned into a zine (examples seen here at the show), hand-crafted wooden picnic tables etched with community quotes, and other public participatory projects.
Other local artists, including Printmaker Bob Hurton (aka Uncle Bacon) and Inlandia’s Poet Laureate, Nikia Chaney, worked with Fallen Fruit and community participants on the creation of the Zine. We would like to thank The City of Victorville, the staff at the Family Assistance Program in Old Town Victorville, and the students at the Rim of the Word High School in Lake Arrowhead for all of their support and dedication to making this project a reality. There are now two permanent public fruit tree site in Victorville, one in Lake Arrowhead, and another at the Garcia Center for the Arts! Our project site in Crestline is still underway.
DOWNLOAD Fallen Fruit Magazine, San Bernardino Edition, HERE
Special thanks to:
The Little Gallery of San Bernardino
City of Victorville
Lake Arrowhead – Rim of the World High School
Family Assistance Program – Old Town Victorville
ROOT – Revive Our Old Town – Victorville
Garcia Center for the Arts
City of San Bernardino Art and Historic Preservation Commission
San Bernardino Art Association
California Arts Council
HUERTO SIN FIN / THE ENDLESS ORCHARD
by Fallen Fruit, David Allen Burns and Austin Young
Fallen Fruit was in residency at AKI AORA in Tulum, Mexico February 18th through March 10, 2019
For AKI AORA 2019, Fallen Fruit continued their exploration for the meaning of place and community with support from Azulik Uh May, Fallen Fruit extended their ‘Endless Orchard’ or ‘Huerto Sin Fin;’ fruit trees that are planted in the public right of way, to be shared by everyone and connecting neighborhoods across communities. The artists did their research focusing on and the area called Tulum town and the village of Francisco Uh May. They met with local residents, business owners, and community leaders to learn about local histories and cultural rituals. The artists went door to door inviting neighbors to participate in the project by adopting and caring for fruit trees to share with their community. Over thirty five fruit trees were planted in public spaces and adopted by local residents in a constellation linking Tulum town with Francisco Uh May. The Mayan language, which is under threat of extinction, was a vital component in the accessibility of the project, with a strong Mayan community still present in the region. A hand crafted wood sign placed at each fruit tree explains how to share the tree’s resources and care for it – both in Spanish and Mayan.
video still – Huerto Sin Fin, by David Burns and Austin Young, Fallen Fruit
The artist’s created a hand drawn map of all existing fruit trees in the area including the newly planted fruit trees to activate this shared resource for the community. The artists appropriated a long standing strategy of local business in the area and hired a local work truck to drive around the area with a recorded message publicizing the project from a megaphone on top of the car. This driving procession as public intervention invited local community members and business owners of Tulum town and Francisco Uh May to share their fruits. The message was recorded in Spanish and Mayan. Everyone was encouraged to plant the trees and participants signed adoption forms agreeing to help care for the trees and share the fruit when ripe. The artists conducted a workshop with a local after school program called La Esquina Foundation. The youth created plastic spirit bug catchers from recycled plastic bottles to protect the trees and prevent potential diseases for the new fruit trees, teaching the children about recycling and safeguarding the fruitful trees.
As part of the fruit planting and research process, David and Austin with a support team from AKI AORA and IK LAB created a new film work, ‘HUERTO SIN FIN’ which tells the story of this collaboration and focuses on the alarmingly present advent of cultural tourism in the area threatening this natural paradise, the currency used to attract tourists in the first place.
Handmade signs written in Spanish and Maya for as instructions for when to harvest and how to care for each tree:
The Endless Orchard
A public participatory project for everyone to share.
This fruit tree is a part of the Endless Orchard.
The fruit is for everyone, including you.
When ripe, please taste the fruit and share it with others.
Take only what you need.
Say “hi” to strangers.
Take a friend.
Go by foot.
This is a orange tree.
Oranges are ripe in May.
Created by the artists of Fallen Fruit
With AKI AORA and Azulik.
FRUTA PARA TODOS is a call to action and a poem. This message was recorded for the fruit truck recorded in both Mayan and Spanish.
FRUTA PARA TODOS!
Naranjas! Limones! Mandarinas! Papayas!
Guanabanas! MANGOS! Aguacates! SAPOTES
COMPARTA FRUTA CON SUS VECINOS.
CON SU COMUNIDAD
CON LOS SUYOS
CON LOS OTROS
CON LAS OTRAS
HAGAMOS UN HUERTO INFINITO!
FRUTA PARA TODOS!
FRUTA PARA LOS SUYOS
FRUTA PARA OTROS
FRUTA PARA OTRAS
Our Fruit Tree Planting project, HUERTO SIN FIN in Uh May and Tulum is in collaboration with AKI AORA and sponsored by IK LAB / Uh May
Programa público – 1-10 de marzo 2019, Tulum.
Queridos amigos, nos complace anunciarles e invitarlos a la tercera edición de AKI AORA!
Dear friends, we´re excited to announce and invite you to the third edition of AKI AORA!
DOWNLOAD Fallen Fruit Magazine, San Bernardino Edition, HERE
The zine workshops will result in the creation of a Fallen Fruit San Bernardino Magazine, celebrating our countywide community! Printmaker David Burns and Austin Young of Fallen Fruit along with guest artist Uncle Bacon (a.k.a. Bob Hurton) and Inlandia Poet Laureate, Nikia Chaney help guide participants through collage, illustrations and short written text. The final document is an electronic PDF available free for download.
See more about San Bernardino projects HERE
The Endless Orchard events included a public fruit tree adoption at the Feldheym Library, and a “plant the perimeter” event at the Garcia Center for the Arts. What if instead of going to the grocery store for an apple, you just walked outside your door? Fallen Fruit helps the community to create a real living fruit orchard planted by the public, for the public – a movement of citizens transforming their own neighborhoods. Neighbors adopt fruit trees and plant them next to the sidewalk to share with the community. Participants sign an adoption form, agreeing to care for and share the fruit tree. Trees are mapped on the San Bernardino Endless Orchard Map- where anyone can map, plant and share fruit. The anchor of this map will be 12 trees planted on the grounds of the Garcia Center for the Arts.