Fallen Fruit- a fruitful 2014

Here are some of our favorite projects from 2014:

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER: Fallen Fruit of Love
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.

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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.
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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!
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Park to Playa – Reuben Ingold Park
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Riverside Art Museum
Park to Playa -Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
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METRO Art Tour – Union Station

THE HAMMER MUSEUM: Fruitique!
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!

QUEENSLAND GALLERY OF MODERN ART: Pineapple Express
(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! 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.

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Fallen Fruit of the Skirball-

Featuring interviews with the Los Angeles art collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), this behind-the-scenes look at “Fallen Fruit of the Skirball”—curated by Linde Lehtinen and on view at the Skirball Cultural Center May 13-October 12, 2014—traces the evolution of the multi-phase project. Inspired by a seventeenth-century ketubbah (marriage contract) in the Skirball Museum collection, the public participatory art commission features a specially designed pomegranate wallpaper, a salon-style display of portraits of people who love each other, and a “Love Score” that artfully incorporates the public’s thoughts on love and relationships.

Los Angeles art collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) and the Skirball Cultural Center have come together to produce an immersive art installation that celebrates Jewish heritage, relationships, and love. Experience this new public participatory art commission through October 12. Free to the public. more info 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.

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Participate in our exhibition about LOVE and the Pomegranate at the Skirball

Los Angeles–based art collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) invite you to participate in our new public art commission about LOVE and the Pommegranate, Fallen Fruit of the Skirball.

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Submit a photo of yourself with someone you LOVE by email before July 14

Everyday representations of love, holding hands, hugs,the way you smile with you are happy with a person you love. Maybe your grandmother has a photograph that has been forgotten? A birthday party? a selfie with your best friend? a Wedding? There are special days that we remember that others can’t understand how in love with life you are and maybe you photographed this? Historic photographs. Vintage images. cellphone pictures. We are interested in all kinds of photographs for this exhibition!

How to get involved

Submit hi-resolution jpg images of photographs of you with someone you love by email to info @ fallenfruit.org with a brief description of the image and its meaning. The submission materials may be recent or historic however, they must include you or your immediate family and received by June 14th 2014. Please include your contact name, email, and preferred phone number. There is no limit to the jpg’s you may submit, and all pieces included in the online exhibition, with descriptions and photo credits.

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David and Austin of Fallen Fruit

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.

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Fallen Fruit of the Skirball – May 13 – Oct. 12

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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Experience a new public participatory art commission by
Los Angeles–based art collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) created in celebration of human rights, marriage equality, and love.

Fallen Fruit of the Skirball is the latest in the artists’ ongoing series of community-based projects that use fruit as a medium to explore social engagement. The exhibition features a “commitment document” co-authored by Fallen Fruit and
the public and inspired by a seventeenth-century ketubbah (Jewish marriage contract), now on view in the Skirball Museum. Over the course of the six-month artist residency, the document and a selection of portraits of people who love each other—all collected through public participation—will become part of
an immersive art installation that features specially designed wallpaper created from photographs of pomegranate fruits and trees in Southern California.

Participate in the artist residency—Your words
and personal photographs will help to inform Fallen Fruit’s project. Visit skirball.org/fallen-fruit to find out how your attitudes towards love and relationships will help to shape the commissioned work.

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.

ADMISSION TO THIS ExHIBITION IS FREE

MUSEUM HOURS
Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Participate. Share a photo of u & someone u love for the installation, Fallen Fruit of the Skirball.
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Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049 skirball.org •
(310) 440-4500
FREE on-site parking;
street parking strictly prohibited

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The pomegranate is a symbol of marriage and fertility

“What is most important thing our parents (or grandparents) taught you about LOVE?”
send your answer HERE
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During our artist residency and upcoming exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center please us create a new text about unconditional love and long lasting relationships.
Hugs and love,
Fallen Fruithttp://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/fallen-fruit
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Seeds of Love- Pomegranate and Skirball

I would lead you and bring you to my mother’s house – she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my pomegranates. –Song of Songs 8:2

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For our upcoming residency with the Skirball Cultural Center we  explored their vaults of Jewish cultural artifacts.  The Land of Israel is described as ‘A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey’ (Deut. 8:8). And we  found many beautiful objects  and paintings featuring figs, etrogs, apples, oranges, and all kinds of fruits. A seventeenth-century ketubbah (marriage contract) especailly caught our eyes.  The 17th century ketubbah is decorated with fruits, the signs of the zodiac,  and scenes from the Torah including Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

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David Burns and Austin Young –Ketubah, 1677. Museum Purchase from the Collection of Salli Kirschstein. Skirball Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Expulsion from the Garden of Eden- Ketubah, 1677. Museum Purchase from the Collection of Salli Kirschstein. Skirball Museum

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Fruit Farmer Greeting Card. Gift of Martin and Doris Sosin. Skirball Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA.

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Share–Jewish Relief Campaign” poster. Purchase made possible by Peachy and Mark Levy Project Americana Acquisition Fund. Skirball Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA.

When you eat a pomegranate you can give witness to its beautifully grotesque mess. Your hands may become blood-red stained. Some scholars believe the Forbidden Fruit in the Garden of Eden was a pomegranate.  The serpent talks Eve into eating the fruit and they are expulsed from the garden and go about the business of raising children.

 In Greek mythology, Persephone is forced to live in Hades’ underworld once a year after eating pomegranate seeds. Perhaps a representation of a return to the womb and her pregnancy.

The Chinese words for “son” and seed” are the same. In China an open pomegranate is a popular wedding present, wishing the couple to have as many sons as there are seeds.

Fallen Fruit is excited about the upcoming project at the Skirball, where we will focus our work on the Pomegranate.   Visit the Skirball’s website to learn more: http://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/fallen-fruit.

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Ushpizin Cloth for Sukkot. Museum Purchase with Museum General Acquisition Fund. Skirball Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA.

 

 

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Fallen Fruit at the Skirball- Help Launch the Artist Residency!

WHAT IS LOVE?
The pomegranate is a symbol of fertility and marriage in Jewish and many other cultures. Focused on this fruit, David Burns and Austin Young of Fallen Fruit are researching the emotional, cultural, and intellectual “ingredients that make for a great relationship.” To initiate their artist residency and upcoming exhibition at the Skirball, the artists want to collaborate with you! Your words will help create a new recipe for a lasting relationship.

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Love is a universal experience. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, please take a moment to think about your relationships and consider the question: “What is the best ingredient for true love?” Send your responses to info at fallenfruit.org . We welcome responses from people of all ages.

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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.

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Fallen Fruit at SKIRBALL

Fallen Fruit at SKIRBALL
Fallen Fruit and The Skirball Cultural Center are pleased to embark on a collaborative project, scheduled to open this spring. David Burns and Austin Young of Fallen Fruit recently visited the Skirball Museum to seek inspiration from objects in the collection. Together with Skirball Assistant Curator Linde Lehtinen, they examined many treasures, including a spice box made out of a dried orange and a 1931 cookbook of “Famous Recipes for Jewish Housewives.

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Pictured above:
Orange peel pressed into a rounded box shape with Hebrew painted on lid along with a Star of David. Collection of Skirball Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA. Gift of Peachy and Mark Levy.

“What Shall I Serve? Famous Recipes for Jewish Housewives,” 1931. Collection of Skirball Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA. Gift of Solomon L. Gluck.

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.

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