Botanical Installations, Part 1

I am a huge fan of clever installations, and for that reason I can see my exhibition piece being of that nature. With that in mind I’ve researched into already existing installations…

Gregory Euclide is an artist and teacher living in the Minnesota River Valley. He challenges a traditional painting by breaking the boundaries of the picture frame and extending the landscape out in to an installation. He uses materials found from nature to create the installation pieces, ‘the work consists of several dioramas that are built from materials that were collected on walks as well as several paper casts from boulders in central park.’ (euclide, 2011)

The depiction of land has often been used as a means of celebrating or critiquing culture. The use of pastoral views, banal architecture and everyday trash problematize the traditional definitions of a natural landscape. Through the process of transforming and miniaturizing materials found in the land, objects, in their new context, are no longer discernible as natural or man-made. The juxtaposition of representational modes and materials create a hybrid space where the romanticized and actual intermingle. Contrasts between the flat, painted vistas and artifacts from the land expose the illusion of representation and subsequently confuse the pictorial space, calling into question the authenticity of the objects. The forms fracture the pictorial space, at times, inhabiting the frames, robbing them of their ability to define a single view and inviting a phenomenological exploration by the viewer.

 

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Living Room is a living art installation designed by Hannah Chalew. The artist created living works of art using chickenwire, a variety of used furniture frames, soil and living plants. Some of the plants she weaved together were, Ipomoea alba, Ficus pumila, the fragrant Trachelospermum jasminoides and various weeds. The art work was displayed in 2013 at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans. Below is the installation along with the concept drawing for the Living Room installation.

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http://www.hannahchalew.com/

 

The Floating Flower Garden is an immersive, interactive installation of blossoming vegetation. Visitors enter a room filled with floating flowers. But as you approach them the flowers rise into the air, creating an air bubble within the dense forest. Multiple visitors can move through the installation at once as the flowers move away from them and surround them. “In this interactive floating flower garden viewers are immersed in flowers, and become completely one with the garden itself.” Floating Flower Garden is the latest installation by TeamLab, a Japanese art collective of “ultra-technologists” lead by Toshiyuki Inoko.

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https://www.team-lab.net/

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