Fallen Fruit- a fruitful 2014

Here are some of our favorite projects from 2014:

curated by Lindsey Lehtinen
The residency project for the Skirball Cultural Center focused on Jewish Heritage and in the archives of the institution we discovered a 17th Century Katubah (marriage contract). This historic document was different in that it combined the doctrine of marriage with illustrations of biblical scenes, astrology and a pomegranate. Fallen Fruit created a custom designed Pomegranate wallpaper and invited the public to collaborate on a new commitment document and exhibition. Drawing on submissions of portraits of people with someone they love, Fallen Fruit of the Skirball assembled images that span a lifetime to examine the often complex expressions of love. This exhibition examines the symbolic and narrative moments in everyday life, from friendships to marriage, as well as to nuanced social messages. It includes a Skirball commissioned piece from Fallen Fruit called Love Score, as well as custom-designed Pomegranate wallpaper.

Skirball Post

FALLEN FRUIT: Public Fruit Tree Adoptions

Fallen Fruit distributes free bare-root fruit trees in a variety of urban settings. This year the trees were donated by Skirball Cultural Center and One Colorado. We ask that the fruit trees are planted in public space or on the periphery of private property next to a sidewalk or a road, in order to create new kinds of communal life based on generosity and sharing. Each recipient signs an adoption form promising to care for the tree – initiating a relationship with it. Eventually the trees will become part of a network of Urban Fruit Trails on the Endless Orchard.
Skirball Cultural Center
One Colorado

PELICAN BOMB: The Fruit Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree
(commissioned artwork for Prospect 3+)
Part of the Foodways Exhibition curated by Pelican Bomb
The Fruit Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree. An installation of of Peach Wallpaper and installation comprised of public fruit portraits in found frames, historic photographs and selected paintings and sculptures from historic archives of Atlanta; including Hammond’s House, The Souls Grown Deep Foundation, The History Center, The Wren’s Nest and others. All of the works collectively explore the relationship of people and place through the cycles of modern life that span images and works of art from the past 4 generations of Atlantans. Originally created for Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and curated by Stuart Horodner.
Photos from the exhibition

FALLEN FRUIT: Urban Fruit Trails
A Public Art project with Heart Of Los Angeles (HOLA)
Through a grant supporting innovative community focused art projects awarded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in collaboration with the Los Angeles State Historic Park and HOLA Youth, the Urban Fruit Trails is a ground-breaking public art project designed to provide several often overlooked urban communities with public walking trails connected by fruit trees that will be sustained, nurtured and harvested by the public. This is the pilot for our upcoming Creative Capital awarded Endless Orchard project.

FALLEN FRUIT: Public Fruit Jam

Park to Playa Trail with MRCA, The Coleman Center in Alabama and One Colorado in Old Pasedena.
Fallen Fruit invites the public to bring homegrown or street-picked fruit and collaborate with us in making a collective fruit jams. Working without recipes, we ask people to sit with others they do not already know and negotiate what kind of jam to make: if I have lemons and you have figs, we’d make lemon fig jam (with lavender). Each jam is a social experiment. This year we brought them to public spaces and in the past we have held them at galleries or museums, this event forefronts the social and public nature of Fallen Fruit’s work, and we consider it a collaboration with the public as well as each other.
Park to Playa at Kenneth Hahn Park
One Colorado in Old Pasedena
Coleman Center, York Alabama

FALLEN FRUIT: Lemonade Stand

(commissioned artwork for Food For Thought)
“Lemonade Stand” – Fallen Fruit , 2014, David Burns and Austin Young a group portrait of Greensboro as Lemons. part of the exhibition Food For Thought. In exchange for a cold glass of lemonade, participants are asked to create self-portraits using black ink markers on lemons and to share stories of sadness and disappointment, or happiness and positive self-reflection. With curator Xandra Eden for the show Food For Thought at the Wheatherspoon Art Museum, we installed the Lemon Selfie’s in vintage frames on top of our Lemon Wallpaper for the exhibition. Our favorite new project, we did 6 ‘Lemonade Stand’s’ this year!
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Park to Playa – Reuben Ingold Park
Food For thought
Riverside Art Museum
Park to Playa -Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Fallen Fruit of the Skirball
METRO Art Tour – Union Station

As part of the LA2050 project ArtsRestoreLA, Fallen Fruit created a pop-up retail store based upon Fallen Fruit commissioned projects. The project space called “Fruitique!” is a retail art installation where anyone can buy any thing in the installation. The curated space was themed around fruit as a subject and symbol and includes original works by 50 artists from Los Angeles and abroad. The Fruitque! was reviewed by The Los Angeles Times, The LA Weekly, Forbes, and more.
the Fruitique is online!

(commissioned artwork for Harvest Exhibition)
Curated by Ellie Buttrose as a commissioned work for the HARVEST exhibition Fallen Fruit created a body of new works that focused on the history of Brisbane, Australia. Pineapple became the theme of the projects, as we learned that pineapple plantations are what founded that region of Australia about 100 years ago and introduced canned fruit to the world.

photos from GOMA.

GULF COAST: Fruit Metaphors, Objects and Histories

Legier Biederman wrote a terrific text piece about recent Fallen Fruit projects. Focusing on The Hammer project called Fruitique! and also The Fruit Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree for Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and Pelican Bomb for Prospect 3+. The layout is stunning! The writing is on point! In fact, there are even rumors that a book filled with similar pieces of work might be published next year. Although the book is still in the early stages, Biederman will definitely have to research how to market a book like this one at some point during the creative process. A book of this kind will undoubtedly receive heavy promotion in art galleries and at exhibitions so we cannot wait to see what the future holds for this upcoming piece of work. Like their local fruit cartographies, much of Fallen Fruit’s work examines issues of urban space and community and incites public participation, as in their public fruit jams or lemonade stand at the 2013 Athens Biennale. They are also known for their photographic portraits, experimental documentary videos, and curatorial work. In these diverse projects, fruit serves as a filter to examine distinct places, official and unofficial collections, archives and histories, as well as issues of representation and ownership.
view the magazine here.

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. By re-imagining public space, we aim to make fresh fruit available to everyone, everywhere.


FOODWAYS – Pelican Bomb exhibition during P3+

FoodwaysOctober 25, 2014 – January 25, 2015
Exhibition hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM
Opening reception: Sunday, October 26, 2 – 5 PM

Pelican Bomb invited Fallen Fruit to reinstall a new version of “The Fruit Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree” and “Everyone’s A Georgia Peach”- an exhibition we did at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in 2013.   Thank you to everyone!

Pelican Bomb is pleased to present FOODWAYS, an exhibition of contemporary artist practices that uses food as a lens to examine the preservation culture. On view at 725 Howard Avenue, it is housed in the future home of the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute. The exhibition coincides with Prospect.3, as part of the international art biennial’s P3+ satellite program.

FOODWAYS artists: Artemis Antippas, Chris Chambers, Clare Crespo, Denny Culbert, Roger Cain, Vanessa Centeno, Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), Tina Girouard, Harriet Hoover and Early Smith, Rush Jagoe, Jenny LeBlanc, Michi Meko



Thank you Ana Walker Skillman, Kim Dennis, Karen Tauches, Hammonds House, Wren’s Nest, the Aishman family, Larry Anderson, and the people of Atlanta for contributing works from your private collections.


Fallen Fruit, Fruitique! opening November 1st. Arts Restore LA with the Hammer

  1. FRUITIQUE! part of the Hammer Museum‘s LA2050 project, Arts ReStore LA

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Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) collaborate with artists to create a site-specific art installation that functions both as an exhibition and also as a retail store open to the public.  The project combines curated and consigned art works  into a Fallen Fruit installation project using our fruit wallpaper as a common ground.  The public is invited to participate at the ‘Fallen Fruit Factory’ and  re-imagine found objects (hand-picked items from thrift stores with fruit as a theme) into art objects that explore the margins  of the every day and contemporary art.

Fruitique! 10920 Kinross Blvd, Westwood CA 90024
Thursday-Saturday 11am-8pm; Sundays 11am-5pm

opening event Friday Nov. 1st 7-9pm  #ArtsReStore
Watermelon cocktails by Hurom/Roland Inc
Fruit songs by Dj Hbomb. Hosted by Lenora Claire, Barry Pett, Catherine Oppio, Ada Tinnel, Frankie Ro and Jim McGuire
Fruit provided by Whole Foods Market Westwood
Win a Hurom Slow Juicer provided by Hurom/Roland Inc.
winner announced Nov. 24


Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood is organized by the Hammer Museum as part of the Goldhirsh Foundation’s citywide LA2050 initiative. Arts ReSTORE is made possible by a major grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation and has received significant funding from UCLA.



Artists include:
Mark Allen
Deidre Argyle
Julia Beynon
Ursula Brookbank
Cake and Eat It
Michelle Carr
Zoe Crosher
Miles Conrad
David Earle
Daniel Flores
Daiana Feuer
Corbin Frame
Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young)
Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young)
Finishing School
Louise Griffin
Gordy Grundy
Oliver Hess

Bettina Hubby
Marielos Kluck
Julie Lequin
Matt Lipps
Mara Lonner
Libby McInnery
Michelle Muldrow
Ranu Mukherjee
National Bitter Melon Council
Paul Pescador
Jeanne Nikolai Olivieri
Marjam Oskoui

Michael Padilla
Barry Pett
Frances Frankie Ro
Margie Schnibbe
Holly Topping
Abby Travis
Carrie Ungerman
David Vanderpool
Matt Wardell
Susan C. Weber
Jacob Wick
Bruce Yonemoto
Jenny Yurshansky
Carrie Yury


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Matt Lipps
20 x 12.75 inches
Edition of 5 +2APs

Paul Pescador
1 of 9, #1
12×18 inches
Photo collage
Edition of 1




Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood is organized by the Hammer Museum as part of the Goldhirsh Foundation’s citywide LA2050 initiative. Arts ReSTORE is made possible by a major grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation and has received significant funding from UCLA.


Fallen Fruit of Atlanta

Fallen Fruit of Atlanta


Fallen Fruit of Atlanta

Oct 19 – Dec 14, 2013

Fallen Fruit of Atlanta

Curated by Stuart Horodner

Opening, Sat, Oct 19, 2013, 7pm, during ART PARTY

Fallen Fruit is the Los Angeles-based collaborative team of David Burns and Austin Young. ACAC has commissioned the artists to produce works that use fruit as the filter through which they examine the distinct context of the south. In recent months, they have spent time in Atlanta doing research and meeting with various artists, educators, farmers, and church members. They will exhibit an installation featuring wallpaper, videos, paintings, photographs, and maps, developed in collaboration with Atlanta organizations including High Museum of Art, SCAD Atlanta, Souls Grown Deep Foundation, and WonderRoot.






Collaborate with Fallen Fruit for their exhibition, “Fallen Fruit of Atlanta!”

David Burns and Austin Young of Fallen Fruit
invite you to be a part of a collaborative artwork called
“The Fruit Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree”

We are looking for portraits from families of Atlanta to become part of a new exhibition at ACAC, opening October 19th during Art Party. We want images of mothers, fathers, children, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents! Fallen Fruit has collaborated on fruit- and art-related projects with institutions and the public around the world for more than 9 years.  This is their first major art exhibition in the South.

Things we are interested in finding
We want drawings, paintings, or photographs that capture a story about you or your family history.  Maybe the picture that comes to mind is recent?  Maybe it is an older painting from your home?  Maybe you have something in storage that shares part of your family history?  Maybe your grandfather or grandmother was a civic leader? Whether hand drawn, child-like, masterfully painted or photographed, these portraits will symbolically evoke meaning of a place and create a “group portrait” of citizenship in Atlanta – the historic gateway to the South. Our exhibition, Fallen Fruit of Atlanta, draws from the permanent collections of The Hammonds House Museum, The Atlanta History Center, The Swan Couch House, the Margaret Mitchell House and The Wren’s Nest among others, and combines these collections with personal archives.

How to get involved
Please submit jpgs of your portraits by e-mail to info@thecontemporary.org with the subject header FALLEN FRUIT, along with a brief description about the photograph, painting or drawing. Images must be submitted by September 30, 2013. The submissions will be reviewed by the artists before October 5, 2013, and participating families will be contacted. You will need to deliver the selected works to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center from October 7-11,  2013.  Please include your contact name, e-mail, and preferred phone number with your email submission. We are also interested in words of advice that your parents or grandparents passed on to you and don’t forget to explain the family portrait in any way that is meaningful.  If your works are desired and included in the exhibition, they must be picked up the week after the show ends, from December 16-20, 2013. Please note: your materials will be protected while at the Center, but cannot be insured as “artworks” because of their personal value. You are potentially loaning these objects with full knowledge of this.

When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger. Leviticus 19:9-10

For questions, please contact Stuart Horodner, ACAC Artistic Director, at shorodner@thecontemporary.org or 404.688.1970 x214, or Rachel Reese, Communications Manager: rreese@thecontemporary.org or x216.