Opening: Saturday, Sept 5th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Exhibition: September 5th – October 6th, 2015
Acey Thompson, Chelsea Gustafsson, Collin van der Sluijs, Denae Wilkowski, Edith Waddell, Heather Gross, Helen Bayly, Jacob van Loon, Jaclyn Alderete, Jon Lau, Kelly Louise Judd, Lauren Marx, Marissa Quinn, Paige Jiyoung Moon, Simon Kangiser, Susanne Apgar, Valerie Pobjoy, Vanessa Foley, William Joseph Dunn, Yejin Oh
Special Window Installation by Emiko Woods & Amy Van Gilder
On Saturday, September 5th, Flower Pepper Gallery is pleased to present Foliage, a flora and fauna inspired collection of works by Acey Thompson, Chelsea Gustafsson, Collin van der Sluijs, Denae Wilkowski, Edith Waddell, Heather Gross, Helen Bayly, Jacob van Loon, Jaclyn Alderete, Jon Lau, Kelly Louise Judd, Lauren Marx, Marissa Quinn, Paige Jiyoung Moon, Simon Kangiser, Susanne Apgar, Valerie Pobjoy, Vanessa Foley, William Joseph Dunn, Yejin Oh.
Foliage brings together an eclectic group of artists who share a common bond in the way they imaginatively portray nature. Each artist has approached this theme with a different perspective and unique technical style, but together they provide a well-rounded glimpse of our world rarely seen. Participating artist Vanessa Foley describes this theme as something integral to all of her work. “My love of nature and art are inseparable, and I could never imagine one without the other.” Just as each mark of Vanessa’s work highlights and elevates her subject, artist Edith Waddell uses themes found in nature to explore the human psyche. “I use elements taken from flora, fauna and my own recurrent dreams to personify internal emotional conflicts on such subjects as phobia, genetic experimentation, maternity, narcissism, seduction and spirituality. Fragments from the exterior natural world, as well as our own internal emotional world, inspire the concepts in my work.” While each artist chooses to focus and depict these natural elements in a different way, they all leave us with the challenge to look more closely and go outside often.
Several artists have chosen to create diptychs for this exhibition, which playfully interact with each other while allowing us to see greater glimpses of the entire vision that inspired them. From the surreal workings of Susanne Apgar, to the abstract imaginings of Collin van der Sluijs, each piece begs to be studied just as artist Marissa Quinn faithfully studies the cyclical patterns found within her environment through her “delicate penwork [that] guides the viewer through a journey of nature’s paradox of growth through decay.” Foliage ventures to return to the roots of the earth where reality and fantasy collide, to create new growth and study the ever-evolving and intricate world around us.
The reception is open to the public and on view until October 6th, 2015
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We are so excited to share with you the new Foliage Exhibition Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhk1EIngm6M
The video is shot, edited and produced by our artist friend David Chung, “The Chung!!”.