Webster's Dictionary not only defines "Bloom" to refer to "the period of flowering", but also "the state or period of greatest beauty, freshness, or vigor" or, "(of fire, color, or light) become radiant and glowing". Bloom - as it turns out - for such a simple word, has many different meanings an interpretations.
Considering this simple framework, incredibly diverse approaches and techniques were employed, given the practices of each artist. Certain individuals approached the theme from an art historical perspective, focusing on the perception and tradition of still life, landscape, and pastoral imagery, as can be seen in the works of David Klamen and Allison Schulnik. Sculptor Zemer Peled contributes a sensuous biomorphic ceramic sculpture ornately assembled from shattered pieces of porcelain, while Kim Rugg's work is an intricate quilted rendition of the "newsworthiness" of Warhol's own imagery – both testaments to the increasing lack of handcraft in recent contemporary art. Others have taken a looser thematic direction, addressing the state of the art world in a less conventional manner. For instance, Ben Weiner's Orange Flowers do not contain any recognizable imagery, but were created by soaking paper in a mixture of orange ink and opium, a drug famously derived from poppies (the flower depicted in Warhol's flower series). The theme of the show was taken by some of the artists literally, and some more figuratively.
This exhibition includes works by: Andy Warhol; Ben Charles Weiner; Kenichi Yokono; Allison Schulnik; Julie Heffernan; Amy Elkins; Sebastiaan Bremer; David Klamen; Kim Rugg; Okay Mountain; Jeffry Mitchell; Joshua Dildine; Jimi Gleason; Dirk Staschke; Robert Standish; Kris Kuksi; Yoram Wolberger; Zemer Peled; Meghan Smythe; Kara Maria; and, Ken Craft.
"In Bloom (Again)" uncovers a through-line between artists with disparate practices and preoccupations, prompting a larger "art world" dialogue that is truly Warholian and is blossoming with possibilities.
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