Monday, April 4, 2011

Macro Monday - Bouquets to Art 2011

DSC05664 Fleur de Vie - Market woman

As I mentioned in my previous posts about Bouquets to Art at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, this year's exhibition one of my favorites. One reason is that several floral artists have selected works of art that I don't recall being chosen before.

I have always adored this pair of small paintings by Thomas Waterman Wood and was delighted that Market Woman was tapped.

DSC05769 Market Woman

Fleur de Vie floral designer Talin Tascian created a spectacular floral twin using the king protea's petals for her shawl and its silver flower heads in her shopping basket. Her apron was composed of woven flax (hala) leaves and her skirt black ti leaves. 

DSC05666 Market Woman detail - Fleur de Vie

I have walked by this beautiful fireplace mantel countless times and never noticed that the legs were carved dogs, until Grace Street Floral  made it patently obvious.

DSC05667 Rhonda Stoffel

I imagine that Rhonda Stoffel had a blast choosing the materials for this whimsical sculpture. Rust hypericum berries (St. John's Wort), white tallow berries, and succulents were great choices for the face. I will never look at the under side of a magnolia leaf again without thinking that it looks just like the velvety ear of a dog. In fact, I believe I will be hounded by this image. 

DSC05668 Rhonda Stoffel

Update - Rhonda Stoffel wrote me and shared this:
Yes he WAS super fun to make — I’ve been wanting to do something with those crazy-amazing dogs for AGES and was excited to finally have the opportunity to do so ( as usually the person who chooses that piece highlights something with the TOP part of the mantel - with more of the deer motif) — The dogs finally got their proper 15 minutes of fame!
The initial inspiration for David Regan's Cod Tureen dates all the way back to biblical times in the Gospel of James where the metaphor of big fish eating little fish was used to illustrate the rich exploiting the poor*. In the mid-sixteenth century, Pieter Breugel the Elder depicted this story in a painting. Pieter van der Heyden, in turn, created the companion engraving in 1557. David Regan formed the ceramic version in 1997.

DSC05806 David Regan - Cod Tureen

Thierry Chantrel of La Follia created the most recent incarnation...

DSC05692 La Follia - cod tureen

...nearly 400 years after tulip mania and using the marine currency of sand dollars .

DSC05803 Thierry Chantrel - sand dollars


Though it is refreshing to see new works of art interpreted, it is still exciting to visit the perennial favorites. Some of you may recall the 2009 interpretation of James Bard's The Steamship Syracuse. This year, College of San Mateo's C. Diana Vigil and floristry students did an admirable job echoing the Mississippi steamboat with blue delphiniums, white roses, and phaleonopsis orchids.

DSC05773 College of San Mateo

In 2009, the window of Job Lots Cheap was the emphasis. This year, this trompe l'oeil was enhanced by Nancy Liu Chin's literary contribution:

DSC05690 Nancy Liu Chin - Job Lot Cheap

Sunshine Flowers and Event Design literally weighs the question: "Why compare apples and oranges?" on a vintage scale...

DSC05797 apples and oranges

... in response to William Rickarby Miller's Still Life -- Study of Apples, 1862 and William Joseph McCloskey's Oranges in Tissue Paper, ca. 1890.

DSC05799 apples and oranges cropped

I hope that Marisse Newell's fantastic interpretation of Winter Festival conjures up images from the distant past for you...

DSC05711 Marisse Newell - Winter's Festival

DSC05816 Marisse Newell - Winter's Festival

...and that instead, you are looking out your window to newly sprung blossoms, like these arranged by Ikebana International.

DSC05830 Ikebana International - Bay Area

Paradise Flowers' amaryllis blossoms are a great red-headed representation for Robert Henri's "The Lady in Black with Spanish Scarf", 1910.

DSC05712 Paradise Flowers - Lady in Black with Spanish Scarf

Emil Yanos thought out of the box when he complemented The Blue Veil with a striking abstract sculpture.

DSC05822 Emil Yanos - Blue Veil

See more Macro Monday images here and stay tuned for more stunning images from the 2011 Bouquets to Art in upcoming posts.
* Source: Wiki and The Met
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