Postcard, ©Man Ray Trust/A.D.A.G.P.1988
When Man Ray substituted a screw for the stem of an apple, he also conflated the theological and the mechanical. This Edenic fruit inevitably evokes resonances of good and evil, and these resonances are further complicated by the apple’s mechanical component: Does the Fall stem from the invention of the machine, or does man’s invention of the machine reenact the Fall?
~ Barbara Zabel, Man Ray and the Machine, Smithsonian Studies in American Art, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Autumn, 1989), pp. 66-83.