Tuesday Funny: pineapple left behind by students mistaken for modern art

If this incident doesn’t show, once and for all, that modern/post-modern art is full of crap, devoid of standards and judgment, I don’t know what is.

Roisin O’Connor reports for The Independent, May 8, 2017, that a pineapple left by two students at an art exhibition at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Scotland was mistaken for a work of art.

RGU business information technology student Ruairi Gray and his friend Lloyd Jack had bought the pineapple for £1 at a supermarket. They left the fruit on a table at the Look Again exhibition at RGU’s Sir Ian Wood building, hoping that it might be mistaken for art.

Jack tweeted this pic of their pineapple:

Four days later, the two students returned to the exhibit and found that the pineapple had been put inside its own glass display case.

Gray, 22, told the MailOnline“I saw an empty art display stand and decided to see how long it would stay there or if people would believe it was art. I came in later and it had been put in a glass case – it’s the funniest thing that has happened all year. My honours supervisor saw it and asked an art lecturer if it was real because he could not believe it.”

Natalie Kerr, a cultural assistant who organized the art exhibit, denied displaying the pineapple as art, claiming she is allergic to pineapples. She told the Press & Journal, “We were moving the exhibition, and came back after 10 minutes and it was in this glass case. It’s a bit of a mystery – the glass is pretty heavy and would need two or three people to move it, we have no idea who did it. But it’s still there now, we decided to keep it because it’s keeping with the playful spirit of this commission.”

The pineapple incident is similar to a prank a year ago when a pair of glasses placed by a 17-year-old on the floor at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) was also mistaken as part of the art exhibition.

To test whether art-goers would mistake anything as art if it’s placed in a gallery setting, TJ Khayatan placed the glasses on the floor of SFMOMA and walked away.

Soon after, visitors to the gallery surrounded the glasses and began taking pictures.

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19 responses to “Tuesday Funny: pineapple left behind by students mistaken for modern art

  1. The same phenomenon can be observed in Congress. Morons get placed there, and they become deified as super intelligent, patriotic politicians when in reality they are simply fruits.

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  2. I love it when some freshman can punk an intellectual!

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  4. Yup, great article. At a party several months ago I was talking to a woman who had just attended the festival Art Basel in Miami. She ranted on about how talented the artists were and the wonderful “message” about climate change and other propaganda. After looking at her pictures I was actually laughing. I was the ugliest “art” I’ve ever seen in my life. One of the exhibits: hanging large denim jeans. Too funny. If you ever need a good laugh or cry, just google some photos from Art Basel Miami 2017.
    I should have known better, but I couldn’t help mentioning this to my mother (she has a masters degree in Art). Basically, my sentiment is the emperor has no clothes, and this art has nothing to do with objective beauty & talent whatsoever. My own mother started screaming at me saying “it has meaning if the person expresses something”. What a dumb idea… not denying the therapeutic value, but that’s not artwork, it’s ugly art therapy for sickos… that’s the world of modern art currently. Plus the obvious propaganda: You won’t even get into these art shows unless you make a statement in line with the politically correct social justice ideas combined with climate change art. Most of it seems to be intentionally ugly and degenerate too. My mother is a victim of brainwashing & programming unfortunately, and I can’t undo the damage, so I just placate her. It’s scary to think most “educated” people think the same way. Here’s a good article about modern art: https://jaysanalysis.com/2013/01/16/cultural-marxism-modern-art-and-hipsterism/

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  5. funny….they even put it on its own bench with glass casing…picasso has nothing on that pineapple

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  6. Can you just imagine the dialog of a couple of “art-heads” discussing the meaning of the glasses? “It HAS to relate to the way we view the world around us” “Possibly,but I read it as how we of discerning taste are so ‘under the microscope’,so to speak,for our ‘take on today’s social norms’.”

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  7. You can’t make this up. Art is a judgment call that people can be stupid about, both wittingly and unwittingly.

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  8. Well played young men well played. You proved a point so many have said for years.
    As for that pineapple, it has several medicinal advantages that art doesn’t. Coughs and arthritis for two.
    And it tastes wonderful and adds to pina coladas.

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  9. As an art teacher I say..if you see this as art…GREAT! If you don’t….I say…GREAT! “Art” is up to your personal evaluation. Aesthetic perception is a part of artistic education. Whether you have it or not…have been “schooled in it” or not….the interpretation of art/enjoyment of art is left to the viewer/consumer of art. Sometimes I don’t agree with the interpretation of the masses. …in fact, many or most times. But, I don’t think b/c of my disagreemnet that art expressions should be curtailed in ANY degree.

    Personally, I love any part of nature that can be viewed & then transformed into art by a viewer/artist..but..a staged piece of nature( even if unknown to those who personally love the piece of art…as I allow above), without artist input, to ME…is NOT a piece of produced ART…..So….in other words … remove the pineapple & insert a turd left by one of my hens….is this art? Maybe to some…but NOT earned by the “supposed” artist….SAME with the sitting pineapple….Pure art by the artist has to go beyond the recognition or appreciation of the finer things/least noticed things/whatever in nature. It must go beyond such a simple statement and actually INVOLVE the artist and subsequently, his/her viewer.

    I try to teach my little novice artist-learners that the ARTIST is in charge of the message…that they have great power….b/c they can dictate through their knowledge of the elements of art, the physics of color, the inate power of the human understanding of proportion and balance….and through these things they can “control” the regard/thoughts of others……

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  11. Awesome post, agree with all points!


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