take me to the apple breeder

Los Angeles artist Jessica Rath’s take me to the apple breeder is the culmination of a three-year project steeped in plant genetics, seen in its entirety for the first timeComprised of porcelain apple sculptures and large-scale photographic portraits of hybrid trees, the exhibition is informed by Rath’s visits to the USDA/Cornell University Plant Genetics Resource Unit (PGRU) in Geneva, NY, which preserves endangered varieties from extinction, and its Agricultural Experiment Station, where apple clones are crossbred to create new varieties for large-scale consumption. The exhibition reminds the viewer that edible fruits are not born of nature, but are scientific and cultural constructions based on both a desire for idealized beauty and on meeting increasing agricultural demands as global warming changes how farmers grow.