Fallen Fruit: United Fruit

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© Courtesy of the Artists and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits (LACE)
Fallen Fruit: United Fruit

6522 Hollywood Blvd.
90028 Los Angeles
June 17th, 2009 - September 27th, 2009
Opening: June 16th, 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Wed-Sun 12-6


LACE is proud to present United Fruit, the first solo show by the artists collective Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young). 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 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.

The projects included in the United Fruit exhibition is part of a new long-term work-in-progress entitled The Colonial History of Fruit.  This initiative combines the focus of Fallen Fruit’s work with the local or particular with the global, allowing the artists to juxtapose two kinds of history: the broad or "objective"  and the anecdotal or "subjective."  The history of how the fruit we eat comes from a specific place and ends up on our tables moves through specific  or objective economic, historical and political forces. The "subjective" history resides in individuals and groups, the anecdotal tales of how people find new fruits, rediscover old ones, or carry along others from distant places.  The next fruits to be examined are the kiwi and arctic berries.

Fallen Fruit is a collaboration between David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young.  Founded in 2004, their projects range from social practice (events, performances and public actions) to photography, video and installations.  Fallen Fruit deploys fruit in their work to examine social relationships, the environment, urban space and transnational capitalism.  Fruit in this sense is transhistorical and crosses all classes, ages and ethnic groups.  It is both ubiquitous and often invisible, yet it is also the food that appears most often in art. All of Fallen Fruit’s projects touch on, work through or work with fruit in some manner. They state that “fruit is the lens through which we look at the world.