01 Sep 2010

San Francisco Bouquet de Art – More Photos

Recovered a few pictures taken from the San Francisco 2010 Bouquet de Art show– a phone update went awry and I lost these.  Apologies for the poor phone image quality.  I thought cameras weren’t allowed, so I didn’t bring  my camera that day.  For other pictures of the show, visit: http://floraphilia.net/?p=294 and here:  http://floraphilia.net/?p=306.

bouquet de art design

Tucked away in a very dark gallery, this dramatic design vibrated with movement and color.  It was an expansive 3-foot wide, exuberant design for a dim, subdued chamber.  I think perhaps the vessel was the art piece.

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If I recall correctly, the musician’s coat was made from layers of hand dyed-painted fabric.   Some designers took a more interpretive, complementary approach, while others took a literal approach in which they painted with flowers.

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Interesting interpretation of the dark painting in background, but I didn’t care for the fact that from behind, colored pins were visible, sloppily placed; the piece seemed rushed, unfinished.  It’s a work-in-the-round, did the designers not think we wouldn’t view it from all sides?

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Nice abstraction of the painting.  Several designers had used an unfinished grid in the form of a wave.

bouquet de art design

This piece, with lots of air and asymmetrical mass, is balanced in a very natural way. You don’t feel it’s contrived.  Also-nice textures and color restraint.

Texture detail of above.

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Inventive block forms!  Red floral tape creates an interesting line and color element that incorporates the block platform into the design.

bouquet de art design

Here you can see the sculpture correlate, the human scale, and the red line.  Love these kind of minimalist constructions.  Perfect complement for the sculpture.

28 Apr 2010

Bouquets de Art – A few more pictures from the 2010 show

Agave Boat:  yes, white lilies are clouds.

Like the creative use of fungi to rep the craggy mountains.

Giant allium (I think) transformed into paint splotches.  Also like the use of clear tubes to give the palette an interesting plane.  I think the floral correlate is actually more interesting than the painting!

So very well balanced and interesting Mitsumata branch.  More, images here: http://floraphilia.net/?p=294 and here: http://floraphilia.net/?p=837.

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25 Apr 2010

Bouquets de Art – San Francisco

Entryway Arrangement

I wonder when floral designers will become broadly respected and regarded more as artists.  Maybe because the trade is so locked into commercialism, it will never get the love, well, except from brides and floraphreaks.
Forgive the bad cellphone image quality in this post, just wanted to post a few pics from the 2010  Bouquets de Art exhibit at the de Young museum in San Francisco.
Large Composite Entryway Design[Large Composite Entryway Design]

Golden Gate Park was packed the day of the visit, and once inside the De Young, it was near impossible to get shots I wanted without being rude.  I opted to be polite and move on.  Generally, artists went for large-scale, full-on massive designs.  Architectural materials: anthurium, protea, amaryllis, and palm leaves showed up a lot and I wonder about the cost and sourcing of the materials.  When you’re trying to create a piece of art, I suppose the cost of your design should be of little concern.

Palm & Fiddleheads Design[Palm & Fiddleheads Design]
Detail of of pleated palm leaves
[Detail of layered palm leaves]

The cellphone camera couldn’t cope with the poor light issues in the image below but, I love the minimalism and constructivism too much to exclude it from the post.  Choosing hard, metallic materials to emulate the waves is most striking.  The painting correlate is by Arthur Dove, “Sea Gull Motive (Sea Thunder or The Wave).”  If interested in learning more about the painting, there’s a fascinating blog post about the vertical orientation of this painting at a blog called art fever: http://artfever.blogspot.com/2007/03/de-young-museum-installation-error.html

Design inspired by Arthur Dove painting in background
[Design inspired by Arthur Dove painting in background]

Below, rolled ti leaves at the base pick-up the billowing forms and provide a nice contrast in textures to the rock materials.

Detail of black and white design.[Detail of above design.  Rolled black ti leaves, lava rocks, and slate “container.”]

More from the exhibit here:  http://floraphilia.net/?p=837 and here: http://floraphilia.net/?p=306.

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