"A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables."

Gertrude Stein

The Color Spectrum in Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits, vegetables, wooden fruit stand. (about 16’ x 2’ x 5’)

1988, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York

Color Spectrum in Fruits and Vegetables Installation


Inspired by the gay pride flag, the neatly stacked produce of the then-nascent Korean corner markets appearing throughout New York City in the mid-1980s, and Ellsworth Kelly’s color spectrum paintings at the Met, the fruit stand featured eggplant, red onions, red apples, oranges, yellow squash, lemons, green apples, limes, zucchini, kale and grapes on the opening day of Socrates’ 1988 spring show.  Helen Lessick assisted the project.  Toward the end of the opening, attendees were invited to help themselves.  Twenty years later, the installation served as inspiration for the collage series of the same name.

fruit and veggie color spectrum

Color Spectrum in Fruits and Vegetables Installation 2