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Catharine Clark Gallery: Deborah Oropallo | Milk Made || Media Room: Fallen Fruit | Fruit Machine - 12 Apr 2014 to 24 May 2014

Current Exhibition

12 Apr 2014 to 24 May 2014

Catharine Clark Gallery
248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA
CA 94103
North America
T: +1 415 399 1439
F: +1 415 543 1338

Deborah Oropallo, Trigger, 2013
Acrylic on canvas, pigment on paper
44 x 30 inches

Artists in this exhibition: Deborah Oropallo, Fallen Fruit

Deborah Oropallo | Milk Made

Media Room: Fallen Fruit | Fruit Machine

April 12 - May 24, 2014
Join us for an opening and exhibition with the artists
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Deborah Oropallo | Milk Made

Catharine Clark Gallery presents Milk Made, our first exhibit of Deborah Oropallo’s work. The exhibit consists of photo-based pigment works on canvas and paper exploring the aesthetic and conceptual boundaries of photography, painting and digital art. Milk Made reflects on relationships—between animals, and between animals and food—where, as Oropallo states, “The ultimate end is always present, yet nurtured daily. To raise an animal, harvest it, and consume it is something I have only now come to witness.” Loss of connection to nature and the food that it provides is a shift in our culture, acknowledged by many and ignored by more. For Oropallo and her husband, the designer Michael Goldin, moving to a farm in Northern California provided an opportunity for them to raise animals and attempt to live in a self-sustaining environment. Milk Made is inspired by and derived from Oropallo’s experiences farming amidst the “innate gentleness and ferocity omnipresent in living with animals.”

Oropallo employs a myriad of techniques to achieve the rich and visceral expression in her artworks. She uses original photographs as raw data from which she collages and reinvents. By digitally removing sections of the Holstein cows in Cattle Class (2013), Oropallo gives the viewer a glimpse into the animal’s cavity, a view that echoes the physical extraction of meat and milk. Her technique confounds the foreground and background, rendering the images both unfocused and distorted, yet highlighted and sharp, minutely detailed and accented. Nearly life-size in scale, rich with visual illusions, the works are deeply informed by the farming lifestyle she shares with Goldin, and also by the astute embodiment of art history, and the attendant references to life's brevity or vanitas, present in Dutch and Flemish 17th century still life painting.

Media Room: Fallen Fruit | Fruit Machine

Exhibiting concurrently in our dedicated media room will be Fruit Machine, our first exhibit of the work of the art collaboration, Fallen Fruit. Fallen Fruit is a participatory art group focused on fruit, urban space and public life. Since 2004, when Fallen Fruit began mapping fruit trees growing on and over public property in Los Angeles, the group has expanded their work to include videos, serialized public projects and site-specific installations in various cities around the world.

This exhibit in the gallery’s media room consists of the video Fruit Machine, an on-going project in which the artists capture teenagers (between the ages of 12-17) eating a variety of fruit. The videos are screened in various configurations, varying from single-channel to three to five in a row--referencing a slot machine (where fruit is the jackpot). A study in how we actually eat, the portraits range from graceful to awkward and comical, as the teenagers navigate what they quickly come to realize is a not-so-simple task.

Fallen Fruit seeks “to use fruit as a common denominator to change the way you see the world.” Their other visual work, an example of which will also be featured in the exhibit, includes an ongoing series of narrative photographs, wallpapers, everyday objects and video works that explore the social and political implications of our relationship to fruit and world around us. Working with fruit as a primary material or medium, the artist’s catalogue of projects and works reimagine public interactions within the margins of urban space, systems of community, and narrative, real-time experience. 


Swine and Swill Ticketed Dinner
Farm-to-table dinner and panel discussion with the artists and surprise guests speakers
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Limited tickets available

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