Monday, April 18, 2011

Macro Monday - Bouquets to Art 2011

DSC05848 Pico Soriano

We saw it from across the room, drawn to the billowing spheres of  baby's breath (gypsophila) puffing above the train. The cars rolling across the rust tracks...

IMG_2987 Pico Soriano

... filled with exotic riches from around the world: leucadendron from Down Under, orchids from the Orient, roses from Europe, with purple artichokes, sunflowers (sans yellow petals), and fiddlehead ferns from our own West Coast. 

DSC05846 Pico Soriano

Pico Soriano submitted yet another whimsical arrangement for Bouquets to Art 2011. See his 2010 entry here and the one from 2009 here.


While Pico's arrangement could be appreciated from afar, Fantasy Florals' understated piece invited closer attention...

DSC05891 Fantasy Florals

 ...from all angles.

DSC05890 Fantasy Florals


I was convinced that De Voy Designs was interpreting a tiny red portion of  Richard Diebenkorn's Seawall...

DSC05901 De Voy Designs

...but Stephanie set me straight and told me that Kiwi DeVoy paired her pave arrangement with Jay DeFeo's Mountain No. 2

DSC05902 Kiwi DeVoy

For all you Macro Monday lovers, here is a close-up of the red amaryllis, white odontoglossum orchids and  black aeonium succulents.

DSC05905 Kiwi DeVoy

It is difficult to decide whether Alena Jean Whiting's beautifully-proportioned abstract accessorizes Mark Rothko's Untitled (1949)...

DSC05899 Alena Jean Whiting - Rothko

...or whether it inhabits it. Remarkable.

DSC05900 Alena Jean Whiting - Rothko

Splash Events' decision to use spider orchids was stellar.

DSC05910 Splash Events

My mother's favorite entry was Pat Friday's rich interpretation of Surface of the Moon

DSC05743 Pat Friday - Surface of the Moon

The interplay of textures and the restrained palette had many of us in awe of Friday's work of art. See more of the impressive mechanics here.

DSC05896 Pat Friday - Surface of the Moon

Michael Daigian interpreted a crater here on Planet Earth, specifically Michael Light's Mono Craters 07.17.06 #10, taken near Yosemite National Park.

DSC05885 Michael Daigian

I sat next to Michael and his lovely wife on the shuttle bus. He told me that they had just returned from Hawaii and was inspired by the volcanic lava on the Big Island. 

DSC05887 Michael Daigian

I will close with the newest work of art I covered in this mini-series of Bouquets to Art 2011. Peggy O'Neill did an admirable job extending Rupert Garcia's Obama from Douglass, 2010.

IMG_2993 Peggy O'Neill - Obama from Douglass

Please visit Lisa's Chaos to view many beautiful Macro Monday photos. 
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Kim, USA said...

Oh wow this is magnificent!!I so love it!!

Macro Monday

Kala said...

This series of images is a glorious feast for the eyes!

Lisa Gordon said...

Hard to imagine all of the work that goes into each of these! Everything is so very beautiful and original. Thank you for sharing it here!

Unknown said...

Whiting's piece is my favorite because of how the colors flow.Although they are all remarkable in some way!

Unknown said...

Dutchbaby, coming back to tell you this is a new blog -you know me as Jeannette St.G.:)

Ginnie said...

I continue to be stunned by the magnificence of these artistic interpretations, DB. The entire concept of the exhibition is nothing short of glorious. Your presentation of the separate entries is almost as good as being there in person. Thank you for your attention to the details. I especially love the lava flow!

Vagabonde said...

I have been marveling at all the beautiful bouquets (although I should be packing my suitcases for our trip.) The creativity and art of the flower arrangers, I should say flower artists, is extraordinary. I cannot think of anything more delightful than being close to paintings by masters and surrounded by all these floral art works. I looked at the de Young site and saw that this show is in March. I have not been back to SF since Dec 1969 – I think it is time to go back. We go somewhere for my birthday in March – this show will definitely be on my list for next year. Thanks for all your hard work showing us these gems.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Wow -- those are really beautiful --

Reader Wil said...

What a great combination of paintings and flower arrangements. Thanks for sharing! I 'd like to ask you something: why do you call yourself " Dutchbaby"? Have you got Dutch relatives or are you of Dutch origine?

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kim, USA
I'm happy you enjoyed the tour.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kala,
...and a feast to see in person.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear lisa,
I assure you that each and every one of these floral artists has put many many hours into their projects. BTW, they also donate all of the materials.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Emille,
I agree that Whiting's piece is a true testament to high style.

Thank you for identifying your alter-ego. I'm curious to see where your new blog will take you.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ginnie,
This exhibit never gets old for me. The lava one is definitely striking!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Vagabonde,
It would please me to no end if you came to SF during Bouquets week. Please let me know and we can coordinate. I think you would love the opening night gala too!

I promise you that you will be amazed at how much it's changed since 1969, but San Francisco has not changed its essence of creativity and open acceptance.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Elise Ann Wormuth,
Thanks for stopping by to smell the flowers. Welcome to Dutchbaby!

rochambeau said...

Oh WOW!!
I'm bringing my mom back to see these too. She adored your other entries!!

Thank you for sharing your photographs and thoughts. I know it took time, but it's OH SO BEAUTIFUL~~


Dutchbaby said...

Dear Reader Wil,
My mother is half Dutch and I went to elementary school in Amsterdam. You can read more about my background in under the "About Me" tab at the top of each page underneath the banner.

Have I already told you that my best friend in "lagere school" was named Wil?

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Constance and Mom,
It tickles me to know that you both are joining my tour of this exhibit!

What do you think of the idea of Bouquets to Books at the Jefferson Library?

Unknown said...

Oh, WOW! I just went through all the BTA posts and they are fabulous! I have to say that the first one here, Pico Soriano, is my favorite of all of them. What a perfect use of baby's breath. I really liked your mom's favorite, too.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Susan,
Thank you for taking the time to go through all the BTA posts. Pico's is truly wonderful. Baby's Breath is back but not as a filler, instead it is now used en masse.

The "Surface of the Moon" arrangement is even more spectacular in person because it is so large and so beautifully executed.

Relyn Lawson said...

'de train, 'de train!! I LOVE that witty train!

rochambeau said...

SO great to have a review of all the lovely and most imaginative arrangements! Can't believe that we get to see them together. My mom and I used to look and marvel at your photographs of this event!!


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