“Grapefruit Piece” features myself play-acting as a teenager locked up in his room, imagining himself as a rockstar, and violently eating a grapefruit in the process. Drawing on elements of the teenage imagination, rebellion, and feelings of being misunderstood this piece operates as a larger metaphor for the art world and the absurdity of making art. Artists often operate in ways that are highly emotionally charged and create things that on the outside can appear utterly meaningless but somehow still communicate with the viewer. This piece connects that absurdity with the melodrama of the angst-ridden teenager as a means to explore the role of art and the artist.
charley friedman, copyright