Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bouquets to Art 2011 - Contemporary Art

DSC05874 Judy Cochran Ward

Follow me downstairs to the Contemporary Art wing to view more Bouquets to Art submissions for 2011.

Judy Cochran Ward made a replica of Sono Osato's Meena with what I believe might be painted craftpaper with reclaimed objects wedged into the folds. Spring flowers and succulents burst as perfect counterpoints to the monochromatic diptych.

DSC05873 Judy Cochran Ward

If you're wondering what these ladies are looking at...

DSC05876 Judy Chochran Ward

... it is the back side of the arrangement.

DSC05875 Judy Cochran Ward

Cochran dedicated her Bouquet to "the memory of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy, including my dear friend Lauren Grandcaulas, and represents the beauty and life of hope."

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I have often been intrigued by Al Farrow's black miniature cathedral in the same room. 

DSC05870 The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro

When Donnel Vicente chose it for Bouquet to Art this year, it commanded everyone's attention.

DSC05724 Donnel Vicente

The unique box of nails and soft white ranunculus moved me to read the tag associated with the church.

DSC05726 Donnel Vicente

The sculpture, named The Spine and Tooth of Santa Guerro, is a social commentary on war and religion . I had never noticed before that the church is made of bullets, pellets and deconstructed guns.The title tooth is encapsuled in the red reliquary above the transept door.

DSC05868 The Spine and Tooth of Santo Guerro, 2007

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Cheryl McGuire of Flair complemented Sean Scully's Wall of Light Horizon with a reflection back to Josiah McElheny's Model for Total Reflective Abstraction.

DSC05861 Cheryl McGuire

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While I appreciate the innovation and whimsy of the sculptural pieces in my previous postPhoebe Kahl's and Diana Kennedy's dynamic contribution makes my heart sing.

DSC05739 Orinda Garden Club - Girl with Towel

They truly expressed the essence of Elmer Bischoff's Girl with Towel, 1960. I adore how the kangaroo paw branches float above the rust cymbidium and white phaleonopsis orchids, while a wave of orange ribbon and green broom branches dance upward to the sky. Kahl and Kennedy delivered the type of arrangement I long to see at Bouquets to Art.

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Paul Robertson Floral design cooked up a big pot of florals for Robert Colescott's A Taste of Gumbo,

DSC05734 A Taste of Gumbo

...seasoned with a minor hint Mardi Gras beads.

DSC05735 Paul Robertson Floral Design

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Regula's European Design created a three-dimensional version of Sam Francis' Helio...

DSC05857 Regula Allenspack Weill, AIFD

...utilizing cobalt blue bottles, red netting, a sparse use of fresh calla lilies and gerbera daisies, with yellow plastic-covered wire dancing on a plexi-glass armature.

DSC05732 Regula's European Design

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Katherine Zhang turned Rupert Garcia's Untitled for Eyellende on end with black ti leaves and colored foam...

DSC05720 Katherine Zhang AIFD

...while Laurel Winzler took a vertical approach to interpret Garcia's work.

DSC05721 Laurel Winzler

Stay tuned for another Bouquets to Art 2011 post in the coming days. 
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