Hungry for Art?

Hungry for Art?

Worldwide vegetarian day inspired art works

by Felix Radford

In honour of Worldwide Vegetarian Day today we have been drooling over the latest series of works by Italian photographer Lorenzo Vitturi, Dalston Anatomy, currently on show at the Photographer's Gallery. Vitturi's striking fruit and vegetable sculptures are a comment on the gentrification that has swallowed up East London. Inspired by the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Ridley Road Market in Dalston, he seeks to capture the rapidly fading working class culture that once defined the area. 

A local resident himself, Vitturi scours the market, collecting and breathing life back into the discarded remains; from fabrics, fruit and flesh to weaves. Defacing their surfaces with paints, dyes and chalks and wiring them together, he transforms the organic and inorganic scraps into kaleidoscopic, hybrid sculptures. A reflection on the temporary nature of market life, he photographs the deliquescing remains against brightly coloured backdrops to preserve the objects before they diminish once more.

Craving more juicy art, we looked back at the different ways in which artists have handled fruits and vegetables as subjects over the past Century.

Lorenzo Vitturi 'Dalston Anatomy', 2014

Lorenzo Vitturi 'Dalston Anatomy', 2014

Dom Sebastian 'Magic Apple Tree', 2014

Dom Sebastian 'Magic Apple Tree', 2014

Ori Gersht 'Blow Up (series), 2007

Ori Gersht 'Blow Up (series), 2007

Emma Rios & Pople 'Tutti Frutti', 2014

Emma Rios & Pople 'Tutti Frutti', 2014

David Schwen 'Pantone Pairings', 2014

David Schwen 'Pantone Pairings', 2014

Alan Salisbury, 'Issac Soreau under attack from Roy Lichtenstein', 2010

Alan Salisbury, 'Issac Soreau under attack from Roy Lichtenstein', 2010

Jay Bling 'Fruit', 2014

Jay Bling 'Fruit', 2014

Urs Fischer 'Problem Paintings', 2012

Urs Fischer 'Problem Paintings', 2012

3cm aka Yung Chen Lin, 2014

3cm aka Yung Chen Lin, 2014 

Jessica Pettway 'Uncanny (series)', 2014

Jessica Pettway 'Uncanny (series)', 2014

Salvador Dali 'Fruit Watercolour', 1969

Salvador Dali 'Fruit Watercolour', 1969

Luigi Benedicenti 'Figs', 2008

Luigi Benedicenti 'Figs', 2008

 

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