People do make the connection between what's outside and what's inside -- no accident since Roger Rowley is its director.
One woman reacted, "It's a true artist who can figure out how to make art out of their kids' breakfast plates!"
That is the question, after all: When does a plate of fruit stop being breakfast, and start being art?
"I'd put it on the breakfast table," said Rowley, "and it would get eaten or not eaten. And then, [I] began to just be more conscious about arranging it and going, 'Well, let's make this look nice. Maybe then the kids'll eat it more if they see this thing that looks aesthetically interesting.' It was maybe at least a year of me doing that before I ever took a photograph."
By then, Rowley could see the whole project in his mind -- hundreds of fruit plates, photographed in exactly the same way . . . at his back door.
He takes his pictures snapshot style, capturing shadows and reflections. The seasons, the weather, leave their signature on his work.
Teichner said, "You didn't go through any kind of agony of making art."
"Oh, no, no, it's very intuitive," he replied. "I mean, you start with the natural forms, whether it's an apple or a pear or an apricot, and so you have these natural building blocks."
Leaving one more question: When does a plate of fruit stop being art -- and start being breakfast?
For more info:
- Roger Rowley's Fruit Plate Project (fruitplate.org)
- Roger Rowley, University of Idaho
- Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho
- University of Idaho, College of Art & Architecture on Facebook
- Latah County Historical Society, Moscow, Idaho