About Fallen Fruit
Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work. They are the recipients of a 2013 Creative Capital Grant.
David Burns is a visual artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. His recent video work has shown in festivals and galleries including: The Getty Center, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California; The Tate Modern/Tank.tv, London, United Kingdom; The Armenian Museum of Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia; Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea. Festivals include: InsideOUT, ADD-TV, Pressplay, Mix Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, NEWFEST and others. He has received numerous awards including: GOODWORKS, ARTMATTERS, LA Weekly’s Best of L.A., Rhizome.org New Media Award, Berkeley Film Festival Best Experimental, Eye-Opener Award and The Medici Scholars Grant.
Austin Young, based in Los Angeles, has been a celebrated portrait photographer and artist, whose works blurs lines and transcends distinctions between fashion, portraiture, and gender. He created an encyclopedic documentation of sub and trans culture in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. His work has expanded to include performance collaborations with the public. He is co-founder of the art collectives Fallen Fruit and TRANIMAL. Young’s work has been featured in Vogue, 7Hollywood, Flaunt and Interview Magazine. His work has exhibited widely in California at The Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley) and at Stephen Cohen Gallery, the Machine Project Gallery, WOW Storefront Gallery, POP Tart Gallery, and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). His video work has been shown at Frameline, Outfest, and MIX NY.
Matias Viegener works solo and collaboratively in the fields of writing, visual art, curating, and social practice. He is the author of 2500 Random Things About Me Too, a book of experimental non-fiction hailed as the first book composed on and through Facebook. In 2004 he co-founded Fallen Fruit, but left the collaboration in 2013. He currently teaches at CalArts in Los Angeles. He has published in Afterimage, American Book Review, Mirage, Paragraph, and X-tra Contemporary Art Quarterly. His work has been exhibited widely in the United States, and across the world in countries including Denmark, Germany, Austria, Colombia and Mexico. He is an individual recipient of a Creative Capital grant.