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.