Flying Fruit Art – Part 1 – Oddity Explained

The Flying Fruit Art project started after I decided to paint someone else’s breakfast nook an absurd shade of orange, a color falling somewhere between sherbet and traffic cone. Although the house belonged to someone else, I was renting it, and had to live with this nook with “commitment orange” paint, along with “on second thought yellow” in the rest of the kitchen. Needless to say, matching wall art became difficult. Hours of online searching brought me to this amazing poster by Dutch photographers Lernert and Sander, which became a partial cover for one retina-scalding wall. Realizing that meticulously crafted fruit art actually went with ridiculously colored walls quite well, inspiration for new personal work abounded. Flying Pineapple, Flying Cantaloupe, and Flying Papaya were planned, sliced, photographed, pathed out, reassembled, processed, and printed. Flying Casaba Melon was planned, sliced, and photographed. But, after it started insulting a production assistant’s mama, it was promptly left for dead in the compost bin and never assembled in Photoshop. Many visitors were dazzled by our kitchen, often commenting “#DamnThatsAnOrangeNook,” and, “that fruit art’s not bad either.” An expansion of the series was planned but sadly a busy commercial photography business, the purchase of a fixer house, […]