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."

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

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

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.


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


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

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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Kala said...

What a tour! The images of the delicate white flowers in the box of sharp nails makes an interesting metaphor.

Ginnie said...

It would be hard to leave this exhibition, DB! In fact, before I saw your post, I had just seen Mad's here:

It was like the second blessing. :)

Relyn Lawson said...

The cathedral is just marvelous. Really wonderful!

MarieElizabeth said...

What wonderful creations. The church sculpture is my favorite, but the 3D with the red/yellow and blue bottles is fabulous as well.

Chesney said...

I am so glad you are allowing us to tour this exhibit with you! The colors are absolutely glorious! I love that miniature black cathedral...what incredible details!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

All so interesting,it's difficult to say which I like best,they are all so spectacular and appropriately placed.

Thanks for tour.....Happy weekend!

Marilyn Miller said...

Stunning! It is amazing how each artist so exemplifies the art.

Margaret said...

I love this whole concept! Regulas version is charming. (your comment regarding "war in the name of religion" is spot on!)

Thanks for all these photos of the event.

dona said...

Another fine gallery, thank you for sharing with us!

rochambeau said...

WOW!! How many bouquets arrangements were featured at the Bouquets to Art 2011? Are there prizes awarded?
I like them ALL for different reasons. Phoebe Kahl and Diana Kennedy captured movement in their design.
But again all work is fun to check out!!
Thanks so much~~


EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful exhibit. Thanks for taking us along. :)

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this magnificent tour! All of these pieces of art are very impressive and beautiful. Even the church made from bullets and other war material is beautiful, awsome and very impressive. It's true that religious intolerance caused and still cause ( but now with another religion) enormous sadness, unjustice and cruelty. I hope that Christians will never ever kill non Christians any more. The crusades are over.But I also hope that Christians will be able to live all over the world without being discriminated against.

jo©o said...

Hiya DB,

I can barely contain my envy at your being present at such a fabulous group of floral art exhibits.

This is mindbogglingly versatile and immensely beautiful.

You did it a great honour with your meticulous photographs and we profit by it. A wonderful set of posts.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Kala,
Yes, well put! Or should I say, you nailed it...

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ginnie,
Thank you for sending me to Willow's wonderful post. I love seeing what everyone chooses as their favorites.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Relyn,
Like Constance said on my Flickr account, the cathedral is a fantastic way to use bullets. What a work of art it became!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear MarieElizabeth,
Thank you for leaving word and telling me your favorites; I know it's difficult to choose. Welcome to Dutchbaby!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Chesney,
And I'm so glad I have a reason to relive it for all of you!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Forest Dream Weaver,
I have a hard time choosing my favorites too. They each contribute something unique.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Marilyn,
Indeed! Hope you are having a great time in Thailand!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Margaret,
I particularly like how Regula used recycled materials.

I was happy to learn more about the cathedral. I've always thought it beautiful, but now I love knowing what it represents.

Dutchbaby said...

Cara Dona,
Il piacere รจ mio!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Constance,
The student flower/costume competition does give top awards, but no awards are given for this portion of the Bouquets to Art exhibit. I believe it would be near impossible and it would change the character of the show. This keeps it more pure.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear EG Wow!
Thank you, I'm so happy you joined the tour!

Dutchbaby said...

Beste Reader Wil,
I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. I agree that religious intolerance is highly destructive. I believe in opening doors, not closing them.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear jo©o,
Yes, I am very lucky to be able to attend this show every year.

Thank you for your kind words about my blog. Welcome to Dutchbaby!

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