The Sweet Blast! series germinated during an afternoon browsing through a magazine. On one page, there was a detergent ad featuring a beautiful, perfectly yellow, perfectly shaped lemon as it’s subject. A few pages later, there was public service ad that had a “product shot” of a hand grenade.
By the time I had finished the magazine, the two images had fused in my sub-consious and became Lemon Delight!
Within our movement through our society, and the world, there exists a potential for amazingly beneficial effects and tragically horrible results of our efforts. Scarily, both of these outcomes are observably created by the same human generated event.
We find ourselves, our current society, at a cross roads – as I think we have always been. Nature has grown up around us, despite us, in spite of us, and, even, because of us. Our metaphorical fuse has formed it and given it structure, even as it finds its own way around our best intentions.
The Potential of High Explosives:
The series is not meant to be anti- or pro- anything. In fact, it is not about the actual explosion (although many people have asked if we detonated the fruit in the studio. In answer to their questions: No, we haven’t blown it up. We ate it instead.), it is about the potential results and what motivates us to explore the boundaries.
It is a representation of my own apprehensions of the effects we – I – have on the world we exist in, move through, and change, on purpose and accidentally.
Candy Color Bright
Sweet Blasts’ bright colors and simple shapes are a juxtaposition of the chaotic “natural” state over the ordered state that is attempted by the hand of man. Our “nature” drives us to categorize, subdivide and order our world, our experiences and our very existence. At the same time, we obsessively look for, and/or attempt to create, the ultimate example for our consumption. Just look at the difference between the farm stand and the grocery store produce section.
If the hand grenade pin is pulled, it will explode and destroy the fruit. But, the fruit is only the transportation system for the seed, which is designed to be distributed, often violently, to propagate new life.
What are we eating? What are we sacrificing for what we eat?