Forbidden Fruit is a site-specific installation for the exhibition Flux hosted by Grand Valley State University; Grand Rapids, MI; 2021.
Forbidden Fruit is a site-specific installation that examines the course of natural decay. Locally
sourced apples have been placed within the artpost so that their natural routine of decay can be
observed and contemplated. The apples are pulled from nature and separated from it by the glass
but will fade away. Witnessing death can change us abruptly in mind, body, and spirit. Forbidden
Fruit confronts us with decay and our frequent cultural dissociation from it. The rotting apples, kept
away from the ground, struggle to return to where they came from.
Change is inevitable. It simultaneously prompts every new beginning even when we don’t feel
ready for one. FLUX is an exhibition organized by Curatorial Studio that explores life, death, and
the cyclical nature of change in society. The exhibition includes pieces ranging from micro-level
examinations of the relationship between nature, vitality, and science; to pieces commenting on
gender-roles, traditionalism, and environmentalism. The interconnectedness of these topics are
unveiled throughout the artposts, each addressing a different aspect of societal change. Daily life
is an ever-evolving collection of changes, some of which go unnoticed, and FLUX attempts to give
focus to these mundane factors that are often overlooked. We witness the unmasking of changes
happening internally, locally, and globally at a rapid pace.
Curatorial Studio is an undergraduate Visual Studies course offered at Grand Valley State
University within the Visual and Media Arts Department. The course involves the actual
curation of exhibitions, projects and programming including FLUX. This exhibition is
presented in conjunction with Avenue for the Arts.