The Skirball Cultural Center is pleased to present an exhibition project with the Los Angeles–based art collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young). The 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 exploring the Skirball’s permanent collection of Jewish cultural artifacts, Burns and Young found initial inspiration for their project in a seventeenth-century ketubbah (marriage contract)—specifically the decorative use of the pomegranate, a symbol of fertility and marriage in Jewish culture as well as many others. Focused on this fruit, the artists will research the emotional, cultural, and intellectual “ingredients that make for a great relationship” during the course of an artist residency at the Skirball. Inspired by the symbolism and beauty of pomegranates, Fallen Fruit will collaborate with the public to create a new relationship contract inspired by Jewish heritage, and to explore contemporary attitudes about love and relationships.
In addition to Fallen Fruit’s creation of specially designed pomegranate wallpaper for display in the Skirball's Ruby Gallery, a range of public programs will accompany the installation, including pomegranate tree adoptions and interactive events encouraging visitors to share with and learn from each other. The exhibition will culminate with a public program coinciding with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, celebrating the bounty of the harvest.
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.
Participate in the Artist Residency!
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.”
As part of their artist residency and upcoming exhibition at the Skirball, the artists want to collaborate with you. Your words will help inform part of their art work.
Please take a moment to think about the meanings of love and commitment and consider the question: What advice do you have for others about love, especially in relation to family, community, and humanity? Send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome answers from people of all ages.
FALLEN FRUIT OF THE SKIRBALL AND ITS RELATED PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM: