Marta Grossi: Warhol x Velvet Underground inspired art
Fruits of the imagination
One of Lou Reed's lasting legacies, besides founding The Velvet Underground and influencing a generation of musicians and music lovers, will forever be his impact on the way the world sees bananas.
The late singer, who sadly passed away this weekend, helped popularise one of the most recognisable pieces of pop artwork – a bright yellow piece of fruit that adorned the cover of The Velvet Underground & Nico's debut album.
The banana itself is, of course, the handiwork of Andy Warhol, who crafted the image for the cover of his pet band's first record in 1967. Warhol served as the manager and patron saint of the now iconic art rock band. The original album cover allowed fans to peel back the banana skin as a sticker, revealing the fruit of a nude-colored banana underneath.
However, we digress. Fast forward to this decade, and the work of Hong Kong artist Marta Grossi, albeit at a stretch, can be called a type of 'homage to Andy Warhol'. True, the creative of Italian descent does not draw bananas, but uses them as a canvas before covering them with black pens, markers and ink in geometric designs, silhouettes of flamingos or Chanel logos. As you do.
After each creation, Grossi photographs the decorated banana on her iPhone and then destroys it. "I'm working on an image at night, and eat a piece of fruit in the morning," she laughs. According to her, a temporary art canvas such as this proves once again that inspiration can be found in everything...