SUPERSHOW at PDC Design Gallery in Los Angeles


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’sFOOD: 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] ( 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 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/, 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, 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 ( 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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You can also find our wrap scarves at 21c in Louisville and the Cooper Huitt Museum Store in NYC.

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LEMONADE STAND! at the Los Angeles Central Library

Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 | 11:00am – 2:00pm
Maguire Gardens, Central Library
Lemonade Stand!
A public participatory project by Fallen Fruit (David Burns & Austin Young)
Presented in association with To Live and Dine in L.A.

Join us for Lemonade Stand, a public participatory artwork by Fallen Fruit exploring ideas of temporary community and new forms of public. During this special presentation on the steps of Central Library, draw a self-portrait onto a lemon and receive a glass of organic lemonade. The lemon self-portraits will collectively form a group portrait of everyone who participated, illustrating some of the archetypes that construct community. Additionally, as participants are asked to record stories about neighborhood and family, the Lemonade Stand will activate the phrase… “when life gives you lemons…”


Fresh ‘N’ Easy- another year in LA

Come to our second solo show, and second opening this month at Another Year in LA. Fresh ‘n Easy will feature select photographic works, including a series of portraits of teenagers from around the world eating a variety of fruit (a metaphor for their transition or “ripening” into adulthood), a special edition of etched glass Public Fruit Jam jars, and an edition of Neighborhood Infusions (vodka infused with the fruit from one neighborhood or block in an attempt to capture “the spirit of the place”). In addition, Fallen Fruit is introducing Everyday Objects, a limited edition collection of cutting boards, pencils, wooden spoons, gingham tablecloths and knives similar to those used during their Public Fruit Jam emblazoned with Youtube video responses they received, such as: “dipshit liberals, always looking for a handout.”

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 20, 7pm – 10pm

Closing Reception: Saturday, August 3, 6pm – 9pm

another year in LA
2121 N. San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 5pm,
and Saturday, 1pm – 4pm



Fallen Fruit has its first solo show opening this month at LACE, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. United Fruit premieres a new body of work inspired by an exploration of the banana during the trio’s recent residency in Columbia, South America.   The work unpeels the social, political, and pop history of the banana from a goldmine of global capitalism to the popular media manipulation comic and erotic symbol of the banana. The opening is on June 16 at 7pm – it’s a special participatory performance called Are You Happy To See Me? Hundreds of bananas will be offered to guests to eat, AND we invite you to photograph yourself playing with this often comical or suggestive fruit.  The show runs from June 16 to September 27.

Fallen Fruit, Banana Workers (2009)
Drawn from Fallen Fruit’s recent trip to Columbia, David Burns, Matias Viegener
and Austin Young examine the social, political and pop history of the banana.

Exhibition runs 17 June – 27 September 2009

Opening reception 16 June 16 2009, 8pm – 10pm
featuring the participatory performance Are You Happy To See Me?

LACE is proud to present United Fruit, the first solo show by the artists collective Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young), opening Tuesday June 16, 2009 and running through September 27, 2009. This exhibition premieres a new body of work generated during Fallen Fruit’s recent residency in Colombia, South America which features a series of photographs and video installations exploring the social, political and pop history of the banana.

The opening reception, on Tuesday June 16 from 8pm – 10pm, features Are You Happyto See Me?, a participatory performance involving hundreds of bananas available for eating. Attendees will be encouraged to photograph themselves playing with this often comical or suggestive fruit.

As the most popular fruit in the world, the banana is ubiquitous in daily life — both as a food staple in grocery stores large and small as well as the supremely seductive fruit used in modern advertising and branding. At the same time the banana’s history, politics and origins have remained virtually invisible due to the remoteness of where they are grown and of the people who grow them.

Fallen Fruit’s installation at LACE engages its subject in a range of bold and oblique strategies, signaling perhaps that no single history of the banana is possible. The title for the exhibition, United Fruit comes from the United Fruit Company which exists today in a much reduced form as Chiquita Bananas. More powerful than the Latin American countries it colonized, the corporation was marked by its ruthlessness and corruption, and its exploitation of workers, a turbulent history of protests and events that lead to the infamous Banana Massacre of 1928 near the town of Ciénega, Colombia, which Fallen Fruit visited to create this work. Burns, Viegener and Young chose to retain the title United Fruit for its hopeful and utopian echo, a contrast to its actual history.

The banana was first brought to Colombia over a hundred years ago by the United Fruit Company, which had a stranglehold on the global banana market, dominating all of North America and parts of Europe. They helped Latin American countries build railroads which were then utilized primarily for banana shipments, building a vast system of plantations which held workers in perpetual isolation. The economic model of the United Fruit Company became a template for a new kind of global monopoly capitalism. In the 1970s the company finally collapsed from a combination of political pressure, its own corruption, and changing economics.

The banana is a cultural symbol that has a powerful history of marketing and manipulation. In addition to its examination of the social and political history of the banana, United Fruit also examines the playful place of the banana in pop culture as the central prop in suggestive jokes and naughty humor. As much as there is a prohibition against stating the obvious, the force of the banana as a phallic symbol cannot be ignored.

Fallen Fruit, United Fruit (2009)