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   Undertoad  Sunday May 4 10:45 AM

May 4, 2008: Banana exhibit



IotD is late to this one which went off two months ago. Artist Stefan Sagmeister is responsible for this one, part of an exhibit at NYC's Deitch gallery entitled "Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far". In this exhibit Sagmeister reveals thoughtful mottos in interesting ways.



The interesting thing about this installation, which consists of 10,000 bananas and some glue, is that it changes over time.



And the message disappears...



...and the whole thing just gradually decays over the 24 days of the show.

The entire exhibit can be seen at Deitch's site - his the "view installation" button where you can look at the other messages and their interesting reveals. The bananas is the most interesting of them, I think. The reveal makes the message into a sort of slow-burn poetry.



One does hope banana bread was made.



Clodfobble  Sunday May 4 10:59 AM

God, just imagining the smell is making me gag...



skysidhe  Sunday May 4 11:08 AM

Sometimes somethings just make a person wonder. Like if I had that much time on my hands would I be compelled to buy a truck load of bananas and create art..or whatever with it


.......nah that's just bananas!



richlevy  Sunday May 4 11:11 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
God, just imagining the smell is making me gag...
Actually, I don't really mind the smell of overripe bananas too much. Most of the sugar ferments and it smells like rum.

It's not too late to save the exhibit. Once they start getting brown, they could peel all the glued bananas and make banana daiquiris for a few hundred people.

Reminds me of the Harry Chapin "10,000 lbs of bananas" song.


zippyt  Sunday May 4 11:42 AM

30 Thousand pounds of Squashed bananas !!!



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday May 4 11:47 AM

When they are ripe, put them in the refrigerator. The skins will turn black, which is admittedly disconcerting, but the banana will stop ripening and keep for some time.



sweetwater  Sunday May 4 12:49 PM

I think there is something poignant ~and pungent~ about a positive message of self-confidence that decays to garbage in just a few weeks.



Sundae  Sunday May 4 01:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetwater View Post
I think there is something poignant ~and pungent~ about a positive message of self-confidence that decays to garbage in just a few weeks.
My thoughts exactly!
It would be better to have an image developing over time, maybe an installation where the salient message was refrigerated, and the rest of the display wasn't. Wouldn't work with the nanas, but another food item that changed colour as it decayed.

Except that any waste of food is horribly degenerate in a world where people starve to death and we have globally limited resources. Of course.

Ah well. If I believed in teh debbil then I'd believe bananas were his creation, so you don't want to listen to me.


richlevy  Sunday May 4 03:43 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by skysidhe View Post
Sometimes somethings just make a person wonder. Like if I had that much time on my hands would I be compelled to buy a truck load of bananas and create art..or whatever with it


.......nah that's just bananas!
Why not start with raisins and work your way up.


Trilby  Sunday May 4 05:18 PM

/gwen/ This shit is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

This shit is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S



SPUCK  Monday May 5 05:23 AM

I think this is just rotten.



Trilby  Monday May 5 10:08 AM

Where's the Banana phone?



Gravdigr  Monday May 5 06:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
Where's the Banana phone?
ringringringringringringringring-bananaphoooooone!


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