Fallen Fruit, three L.A.-based guys who make art drawn out of a community's relationship with fruit, have been in and out of Utah the last couple of months researching and collecting FrUte things and tales for their upcoming exhibit at Salt Lake Art Center (SLAC.)
The call is still out for fruit objects to use in the exhibit - photos of your fruit stuff must be submitted by noon May 16 and objects must be received by May 20. Submit images to firstname.lastname@example.org
They are also working on a show in Guadalajara and brought us a bottle of anejo from their recent fruit-finding mission to Mexico.
Personally, I'm a big fan of artists who bring you tequila.
I don't totally get what this Fallen Fruit show will be like, but I can't wait to see, and meanwhile, I've become aware of other food/art connections around town.
Like, the current show at SLAC is by another L.A.-based artist (remember, curator Micol Hebron moved here from the place it never rains.) Mark Fontenot works in bread dough. He researches the history of a place and reproduces iconic images in dough sculptures.
Like, for the Utah show, called The Place This Is, he made the Salt Lake Temple and the Duces Wild strip club, the Bear Lake Monster and the hangar home of nuclear bomber Enola Gay, Brigham Young's pistol and the giant Snelgrove ice-cream-cone sign.
Then there's the joint exhibit in the Loge Gallery at Pioneer Theatre by artists Mark England and Kelley Somer. England paints distorted, map-like images of surreal landscapes. What does this have to do with food?
Well, does his name sound familiar to On The Table readers?
That's because with his wife Elizabeth he also owns Dolcetti Gelato, probably Salt Lake's top gelato joint. You can see his paintings there, too.