Monday, March 7, 2011
Food Inspired Art - The Banana
From still life to Surrealism, Arcimboldo to Warhol, food has inspired great art.
Artists today are no less inspired by the food on their plate. For instance, the banana.
Doug Fishburne a London-based artist got the publics attention when his 300,000 bananas were exhibited outside the National Gallery in central London. The pile of fruit was eight feet high and fifteen feet wide. The installation was dismantled by giving each passerby a free banana.
“Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far”, was an exhibition by Stefan Sagmeister at Deitch Porjects in New York. Sagmeister glued 7200 bananas to spell out “Self-confidence produces fine results.” The project looked oddly like needlepoint, the fruit ripened over time, changing color and beginning to smell.