Book/Fruit of the Day, Wednesday October 3rd

Posted by Gemma on the 3rd of October, 2012

So, Now & Then/Hard & Fast/the long weekend took a chunk out of my blogging time/motivation. There's still a week left of Intellectual Property in its current form, though, and seeing as we'll be getting fruity later in the week with Finger Bang (see below), I thought I'd reignite Book/Fruit of the Day.

We've been focused on art and discourse recently, and because it's a topic close to my own heart, today's featured book is from Surpllus in Melbourne:

A: Subtext: artists and writing.

Presented by un Projects, at West Space, Melbourne in February of last year, Subtext "examined the diversity of form and the significance of writing in art." Six artists - Vernon Ah Kee, Pablo Helguera, Lily Hibberd, Helen Johnson, Darren Sylvester and Tris Vonna-Michell - were invited to explore a variety of ways in which text can be an integral contributor to creative practice. Co-published by un, the publication features essays by Justin Clemens and Rosemary Forde, as well as artists' pages and documentation of the exhibition.

(Also, on the topic of artists and writing, there's a great Daily Serving post on this topic, which seems to be a hot one right now, especially for those approaching the end of the University semester/year, grappling with their exegeses/dissertations/artist statements. Don't be fooled: writing is your friend)

B: The Apple.

The apple, like the orange, is a staple - a workhorse of a fruit in terms of nutritional and monetary value. There are over 7500 different kinds of apple, each bred for specific qualities and purposes: baking, eating fresh, keeping the doctor away. Nutrition wise, the apple may reduce the risk of cancers colon, prostate and lung, containing high fibre and many antioxidants. When apple juice is administered to mice, an 'alleviation of oxidative damage and cognitive decline' is exhibited, which might mean good things for humans as well.

Western Australia produces many varieties of apple, the centre of apple production being the south west town of Donnybrook, (From Donnybrook's webpage: "Known as the Apple Capital of the South West, Donnybrook now sheds its former peel, to reveal its hidden depths of taste, texture & visual splendours"), where a bi-annual festival is held to honour the fruit.

Apples also have plentiful cultural capital: they symbolise fertility in German pagan mythology or, depending on the inclination of your faith, are implicated in the Fall of Man which, if you believe the conspiracists, is one of the many secrets of a very popular logo.

Intellectual property gets finger banged

Posted by Gemma on the 3rd of October, 2012

For the close of Intellectual Property (in its current form, at least), the pop-up bookstore with a pop-up juice bar will also feature a pop-up fruit themed nail salon - Jessie Mitchell's Finger Bang.

From midday, Sunday October 7th. Nail related enquiries to info@jessiemitchell.com.au. More on Finger Bang here.