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.