Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), Pomegranate Wallpaper (Skirball edition), 2014. Dimensions variable.
Fallen Fruit of the Skirball
On view now through October 12, 2014
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
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!
Fallen Fruit’s name is derived from a passage in the book of Leviticus: “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.” Fallen Fruit’s community-based projects use fruit as a medium to explore social engagement. The themes of generosity and sharing that guide their work align with the Skirball’s mission of hospitality, equality, and civility.
After studying the Skirball’s collection of Jewish cultural artifacts, Burns and Young found inspiration for their project in a seventeenth-century ketubbah (marriage contract). They also discovered how prominently the pomegranate figures in Jewish tradition, particularly as a symbol of fertility and marriage. Focused on this fruit, the artists researched the emotional, cultural, and intellectual “ingredients that make for a great relationship” during the course of their residency at the Skirball. The exhibition combines their interest in both the cultural ritual of marriage and the beauty of the pomegranate by featuring specially designed wallpaper created from photographs of pomegranate fruits and trees in Southern California. The latest addition is a selection of portraits of people who love each other, accompanied by a Love Score—an artfully designed composite of love advice submitted by the public.
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.
Watch this video to learn more about Fallen Fruit’s collaboration with the Skirball:
Participate in the Artist Residency!
It’s not too late to participate! Take a moment to think about the meanings of love and commitment and send a photograph of you with someone you love to add to the online gallery. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now on SkirBlog: "A Show of Love," highlighting the new portraits now hanging in the gallery as part of the exhibition, and "Words from the Heart," about Love Score, a ketubbah-like document that accompanies the portraits.
Also on SkirBlog: "Seeing Love Through a Pomegranate," featuring curatorial perspectives on Fallen Fruit's interest in exploring the theme of love through the public participatory project.
Also on SkirBlog: "A Happy Marriage: Fallen Fruit and a Special Ketubbah at the Skirball," a behind-the-scenes look at the ornate manuscript that inspired Fallen Fruit of the Skirball.
FALLEN FRUIT OF THE SKIRBALL AND ITS RELATED PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM:
Final phase of Fallen Fruit of the Skirball, now on view
August 13, 2014