Fallen Fruit: An art collective that uses fruit as a lens to see the world


Public Fruit Wallpaper, Honolulu, dimensions variable, 2012

Image courtesy of Fallen Fruit

"Bananas are the least expensive and most popular fruit," David Burns of art collective Fallen Fruit says. They are everywhere, shipped from Ecuador, Columbia or Costa Rica to the ends of the earth. Even 800 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Burns has found bananas perfectly ripe. "No matter how poor or rich you are, you're eating the same banana."

David Burns thinks about the world through fruit.

"Fruit shows up in art more than any other food," he says. "It is a symbol of goodness, a symbol of generosity." In the past, he's found that images of fruit were always used in the marketing of Hawaii, even if it was fruit that didn't grow here, like apples, as opposed to too-exotic mangoes.

He and two other artists, Matias Viegener and Austin Young, make up Fallen Fruit, a Los-Angeles-based collective that works with major museums around the world to create art relating to fruit. Fallen Fruit is in Honolulu this week in collaboration with the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Find Art Festival.

This Saturday, Fallen Fruit hosts the Public Fruit Jam—bring your fruit and make jam with friends and strangers. Working without recipes, Fallen Fruit asks people to sit with others they do not already know and negotiate what kind of jam to make. "If I have lemons and you have figs, we’d make lemon fig jam," Burns says. To supplement the bounty, Burns is also asking Whole Foods and Chinatown fruit vendors to collect any fruit they can't sell—they may be blemished or overripe, but perfect for jam.

Also in their time here, Fallen Fruit is installing a wallpaper of fruits found in Chinatown at The Human Imagination and creating a video documenting the fruits and stories of Chinatown vendors. "The fruit is so abundant here, so different," Burns says. "There's such an amazing variety of fruit, and such a variety of people." The two are probably linked—in his work, Burns explores how fruit moves through the world, how as people immigrate, they bring what's familiar to them.

Public Fruit Jam, Saturday, June 30, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Smith-Beretania Urban Park
For more information on Fallen Fruit and Honolulu events, including a fruit meditation, visit fallenfruit.org, Facebook.com/fallenfruit, findartfestival.com

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