Visual Arts Program
 

Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m.

FREE

Hallwalls, Buffalo Museum of Science, Coalesce Bioart Lab and UB College of Arts & Sciences present

Science & Art Cabaret 23.5: Sam Van Aken - Tree of 40 Fruit

Hallwalls Cinema

The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each unique Tree of 40 Fruit grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds. Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in variegated tones of pink, crimson and white in spring, and in summer bear a multitude of fruit. Primarily composed of native and antique varieties the Tree of 40 Fruit are a form of conservation, preserving heirloom stone fruit varieties that are not commercially produced or available.

Sam Van Aken's art combines sophisticated technology with traditional modes of art-making. His projects cross boundaries between artistic genres, including performance, installation, video, photography, and sculpture. With each body of work, he selects practices and new perspectives that provide a kinesthetic perception of objects and a visceral charge. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Van Aken received his undergraduate education in communication theory and art. Immediately following his studies, he lived and worked in Poland under the auspices of the Andy Warhol Foundation and the United States Information Agency. Returning after several years in Europe, Van Aken received his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. Since this time, his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, receiving numerous honors including a Joan Mitchell Award, Association of International Curator's of Art Award, and a 2009 Creative Capital Grant.

www.samvanaken.com









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