Curator's Selection: In Bloom
Throughout the history of art, certain subjects have remained a continuous source of inspiration for artists. Flowers — objectively beautiful and full of rich cultural, personal and religious significance — represent one such subject. Whether contemplated as still life objects, replicated into patterning or used as the basis for abstraction, flowers in their various forms and representation are the focus of January's Curator's Selection.
The selection delves into the vivacious blooms of Jamie Evrard who utilizes expressive brush strokes and loose paint application to depict the beauty of mature flowers; Cara Barer's sculpted books, which take on a floral quality when manipulated, dyed and photographed; the still life flora used by Erin Armstrong to create balance between figures and the surreal landscapes they occupy; and finally, Andre Petterson's recent foray into florals, where the artist captures blossoms as they emerge from paint applied to their stems, leaves and petals.