For some time I have been really interested in the work of Polly Apfelbaum, a NYC artist who has built a body of work between painting and sculpture, through the use of fabric, cut, dyed, drawn and placed.
This latest work has become more abstract and in some ways more linked to responding to the site: stretch sequin fabrics are cut and placed in the gallery, interacting with the architecture of the space, involving viewers in the glow of the light, in negotiating the spacing of the pieces, in revelling in the simple scale and seduction of the composition.
These works were preceded, in 2005-2009, by complex installations of cut synthetic velvet shapes, often as diagrammatic flowers, in monochrome or tonal compositions.
Increasingly, esterni will be developing and disseminating more of the cross-disciplinary links found between art and design and design for landscape, for horticulture and planting. Here we are highlighting the use of scale, colour relationships, form, easily understood for their link to gardens. Flora has been an intriguing subject for artists, as seen in the previous post, one I have been very familiar with in the field of textiles, and that I am growing to understand more about. Plants and their shapes as the changing and growing medium of a contemporary art form.
I leave you to revel in these glorious prints of abstract flowers, a riot of composition, scale, colour harmonies.
All images copyright: Polly Apfelbaum.