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Gemstones encase huge fruit sculptures in shiny pockets of decay

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“Bad Lemon (Sea Witch)” (2020), aventurine, serpentine, prehnite, chrysoprase, rhyolite, agate, moss agate, jasper, peridot, moonstone, magnesite, lilac stone, turquoise, citrine, calcite, feldspar, ruby ​​in zoisite, labradorite, Swarovski crystal, quartz, mother-of-pearl, freshwater pearls, glass, steel pins on coated polystyrene, 16½ x 18 x 20 inches. All images © Kathleen Ryan, courtesy of Karma, New York, shared with permission

Colorful, shiny patterns of precious and semi-precious stones cover a new series of oversized fruit sculptures by Kathleen Ryan. A pale peel peeks through layers of mold on a halved lemon, white and green penicillium spoils a basket of cherries, and multicolored mushrooms creep out of a grinning jack-o-lantern. The artist, who lives in New York (continuation of her practice of depicting the grotesque through traditionally beautiful materials) (before) ironically questions notions of value, desire and “how objects make sense and carry a story”.

You can see Ryan’s sculptures below karma in New York through June 19th and find out more of their unsightly fruits Instagram.

Detail from “Bad Cherries (Twins)” (2021), freshwater pearl, magnesite, quartz, moonstone, agate, turquoise, lapis lazuli, amazonite, garnet, citrine, serpentine, jasper, limestone, rose quartz, unakite, rhodonite, pink opal, calcite, Glass, steel pins on coated polystyrene, fishing rods, lead sinkers, 36½ x 49 x 16 inches

“Bad Cherries (Twins)” (2021), freshwater pearl, magnesite, quartz, moonstone, agate, turquoise, lapis lazuli, amazonite, garnet, citrine, serpentine, jasper, limestone, rose quartz, unakite, rhodonite, pink opal, calcite, glass, Steel pins on coated polystyrene, fishing rods, lead sinkers, 36½ x 49 x 16 inches

Detail from “Bad Lemon (Sea Witch)” (2020), aventurine, serpentine, prehnite, chrysoprase, rhyolite, agate, moss agate, jasper, peridot, moonstone, magnesite, lilac stone, turquoise, citrine, calcite, feldspar, ruby ​​in zoisite, Labradorite, Swarovski crystal, quartz, mother-of-pearl, freshwater pearls, glass, steel pins on coated polystyrene, 16½ x 18 x 20 inches

“Bad Cherries” (2021), amazonite, aventurine, fluorite, turquoise, malachite, angelite, labradorite, smoky quartz, quartz, rose quartz, citrine, magnesite, aquamarine, jasper of the green line, sesame jasper, pink aventurine, agate, tiger’s eye, garnet, Carnelian, lapis lazuli, moonstone, mother-of-pearl, shell, freshwater pearls, wood, acrylic, glass, steel pins on coated styrofoam, fishing rods, lead sinkers, steel pallet cage, 98½ x 100 x 110½ inches

“Bad Cherry (Bite)” (2021), garnet, pink opal, agate, peach moonstone, red aventurine, smoky quartz, quartz, carnelian, brecciated jasper, magnesite, glass, steel pins on coated styrofoam, fishing rod, lead sinker, 11½ x 31½ x 10 inch

“Bad Lemon (Sour Blush)” (2020), aventurine, smoky quartz, rhodonite, calcite, quartz, labradorite, jasper with green line, kambaba jasper, pink opal, citrine, amethyst, rose quartz, agate, serpentine, pink lepidolite, malachite , Mother-of-pearl, freshwater pearl, bone, glass, acrylic, steel pins on coated polystyrene, 28 x 19½ x 18½ inches

“Jackie” (2021), azurite malachite, lapis lazuli, agate, black onyx, brecciated jasper, moss agate, malachite, calcite, labradorite, rose quartz, smoky quartz, Ching Hai jade, red aventurine, carnelian, citrine, amethyst, quartz, Acrylic, polystyrene, fiberglass, nails, steel pins, wood, 66 x 90 x 86 inches

Left: “Bad Cherry (Junior)” (2021), garnet, aventurine, rhodonite, serpentine, quartz, marble, agate, pink opal, amazonite, jasper, moonstone, carnelian, smoky quartz, limestone, unakite, freshwater pearls, glass, steel pins coated polystyrene, fishing rod, lead sinker, 32½ x 23½ x 17½ inches. Right: “Bad Cherries (Shirley Temple)” (2020), carnelian, garnet, rhodonite, rhodochrosite, amethyst, marble, agate, moss agate, lava stone, red aventurine, blossom amazonite, brecciated jasper, hessonite, pink opal, tiger’s eye, glass, steel pins on coated polystyrene, fishing rods, 39 x 23 x 11 in

“Bad Lemon (Armadillo)” (2021), tiger’s eye, tektite, limestone, agate, amber, lava stone, turquoise, magnesite, carnelian, serpentine, garnet, citrine, breccia jasper, tiger skin jasper, unakite, moonstone, pyrite, mother of pearl, black Turban bowl, horn, acrylic, glass, steel pins on coated polystyrene, 21½ x 18 x 28 inches

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