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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Fine Arts

Seeing inequality through fruit

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Artists David Burns and Austin Young will be presenting their “Fallen Fruit” series on Thursday afternoon at the Blaffer Art Museum. The gallery exhibits urban space and neighborhoods. | Fernando Castaldi/The Daily Cougar

In major cities, economic inequality stands out more than in smaller towns. To investigate how this inequality shapes communities, artists are experimenting by making themselves part of the urban landscape.

Los Angeles-based Fallen Fruit, which includes artists David Burns and Austin Young, will take center stage Thursday afternoon as part of the Blaffer Art Museum’s Visiting Artist and Scholar series.

The group got its start by making public fruit maps in Los Angeles. According to Blaffer’s website, Fallen Fruit uses fruit as a lens to investigate urban space, ideas of neighborhood and new forms of located citizenship and community.

“We are really excited that Fallen Fruit is coming to Houston. They will add to the exhibition of ‘Feast: (Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art),'” said Blaffer curational fellow Amy Powell.

In addition to performing their artist talk, on Saturday Fallen Fruit will perform a piece titled “Lemonade Stand,” in which patrons will make a portrait of themselves on a lemon and speak about the worst and best moments of their lives.

The artist talk will begin at 1 p.m. in Fine Arts Building room 110.

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