Labouring over Fruit

As I write this, I am sipping from a fresh coconut, not from Union City, NJ, but from the tree a few feet away from me! I am finally at one of my favorite places in the world —a volcanic lake in El Salvador— where I can eat fresh papaya and guayabas. While I’m sipping from this coconut, I can’t help but think of Alonsa Guevara‘s sensuous fruit paintings.

Last week I had the chance to visit Guevara’s studio, which she shares with boyfriend, and fellow artist James Raczkowski. Although I had been to the New York Academy of Art’s open studios, when she was a student there, I first really became aware of her work through Verni.io: a fantastic and original online platform that showcases artists’ work that’s currently in their studio.

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In person, her textured paintings, most likely inspired by her native Chile, are even more wonderful than on the website. I felt transported to a tropical place as I saw the round slices of avocado, orange, lemon, guava, and fictional fruit hanging on her studio wall:

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Guevara is fascinated by female archetypes and objects that provoke desire, and well, let’s face it, fruit is sexy.

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Alonsa Guevara, "Sister's Ceremony", 2015

Alonsa Guevara, “Sister’s Ceremony”, 2015

Let’s see below how other artists have given fruit a new perspective:

 

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Paulette Tavormina, “Strawberries”, 2009

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Paulette Tavormina, “Cornucopia”, 2014

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Paulette Tavormina, “Pears”, 2008

 

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Andy Warhol’s “Banana” that he designed for the cover of the Velvet Underground’s debut album in 1966

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Josh Tonsfeldt, “Perpetual Summer”, 2011

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Film still from Ori Gersht’s video “Pomegranate

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Randall Mooers, “Three Oranges”, 2013

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Nathalie Boissonault, “Slam et Poèsie”

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Randall Mooers, “Persimmon III”, 2013

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Michael Naples, “Avocado Half, Part 2”

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo, “Vertumnus”, 1590

Klaus Enrique's photographic rendition of Arcimboldo's "Vertumnus"

Klaus Enrique’s photographic rendition of Arcimboldo’s “Vertumnus”

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Klaus Enrique, “Self Portrait I (Bananas)”, 2013

 

Which ones are your favorites?

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4 Responses to “Labouring over Fruit”
  1. mackval says:

    This is awesome!  Thanks for sharing such fabulous images!  Keep having fun!  Btw…I’m in a mood for avocado now 😉 Sandra Mack-Valencia http://www.SandraMackValencia.com

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