Diptych, Electric field of a flower (2018)
The electric field of a flower I, 2018
Pollen burned on cardboard
12 x 18 inches
The electric field of a flower II (oblique), 2018
India ink burned on cardboard
12 x 18 inches
NEWS FROM FLOWERS
First Annual Saltspring Island Flower Show
Opening: Friday, July 13th 5 to 8 pm
Show dates: July 13 - August 8, 2018
In celebration of the Gulf Islands summer, Fault Line Projects presents an exhibition of contemporary BC artists who have incorporated floral imagery into their work in innovative ways. Selected by Vancouver artist Robert Kleyn, News from Flowers takes as its departure the fact that flowers are a recurring motif in art, whether as a historical, social, cultural, psychoanalytic, or political reference. The flower asserts the power of the symbolic realm as Walter Benjamin observed – flowers act as the ultimate symbol of a naked vegetal nature confronted by the technologically armed world.
The artists work in a range of mediums and include: Chris Brayshaw, Amber Frid-Jimenez, Rodney Graham, Lyse Lemieux, Myfanwy MacLeod, Al McWilliams, Marian Penner Bancroft, Bernadette Phan, Kathy Slade and Brady Cranfield, Stephen Waddell, Ian Wallace, Neil Wedman and David Wisdom
The exhibition also includes rare photogravures by the early modernist photographer Karl Blossfeldt whose striking close-ups of botanical specimens was the subject of Benjamin’s article, News from Flowers, that inspired the title for this show.