Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines today called for Queenslanders to contribute to a major new art installation being created by Los Angeles artist collective, Fallen Fruit.
Fallen Fruit of Brisbane: Pineapple Express! is a large, site-specific artwork that has been specially commissioned for 'Harvest', GOMA's major exhibition exploring the production, consumption and symbolism of food, opening 28 June.
'On behalf of Fallen Fruit I am inviting Queenslanders to lend their pineapple artworks, objects or everyday wares to help tell the story of the history of pineapple through this artwork,' said Mr Saines.
'The pineapple has had a very significant and rich history in Queensland. Fallen Fruit of Brisbane: Pineapple Express! presents a great opportunity for GOMA to showcase that history, and for Queensland audiences to contribute to a community-based arts project,' he said.
For more than a decade Los Angeles-based artist collective Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) has collaborated on fruit and art-related projects around the world. Their installation in GOMA's foyer will be their first showing in Australia.
Fallen Fruit of Brisbane: Pineapple Express! will comprise a major photographic-collage pineapple wallpaper, as well as a large-scale cabinet of pineapple-related objects and paraphernalia that will be the first artwork visitors encounter when they enter the building.
Fallen Fruit are asking interested members of the public to submit information and a story about their specific pineapple object, artwork or memento, for consideration. Details can be submitted online via the Gallery's website www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/fallenfruit. Online submissions to Fallen Fruit of Brisbane: Pineapple Express! opened this morning 7 May and close midnight 25 May.
Everyone who makes an online entry to the project will go into the draw to win a 'Harvest prize pack' that includes a copy of the exhibition publication and dinner for two at the GOMA Restaurant.
The curator of 'Harvest', Ellie Buttrose, Assistant Curator, International Contemporary Art, QAGOMA said items for potential inclusion could be obvious or quite abstract, but all submissions would be considered in terms of their associated story.
'Fallen Fruit will review all of the online submissions and then select the strongest and most ostentatious, for inclusion in the final installation,' said Ms Buttrose.
'Fallen Fruit are also calling on the international community to donate cans of pineapple, tins with labels in languages that represent everyone everywhere and show the international reach of this tropical fruit.'
'Harvest' will include over 150 works from all areas of the Gallery's Collection, as well as new commissions, and will be presented in conjunction with the Australian Cinémathèque program 'Harvest: Food on Film'.
The exhibition is supported by Major Sponsor PanAust, a Brisbane-based copper and gold producer with operations in Laos and a portfolio of organic growth projects in Laos and Chile.
For more information on Harvest visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/harvest
To submit a pineapple-related object for possible inclusion visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/fallenfruit between May 7 and May 24.