Installation Views: Wild Flowers at Narrative Projects until 16 September 2017

Installation View: Wild Flowers on view at Narrative Projects until 16 September 2017

Narrative Projects, London: 20 July – 16 September 2017 

Wild Flowers
(wildness is contextual!)

narrative projects is pleased to present a group exhibition Wild Flowers (wildness is contextual!) curated by Carlos Noronha Feio. The exhibition brings together eighteen international artists from different generations who work in a number of different mediums. Each work chosen by Noronha Feio for the show examines the motif of the flower.

All images courtesy of narrative projects, London.

‘Day 183’, 2016 by Juliette Blightman. ‘Deep red Mini Carnations / Tuesday, March 25, 2008 / Tehran / Islamic Republic of Iran’, 2017; ‘Tuberoses / Saturday, April 05, 2008 / Tehran / Islamic Republic of Iran’, 2017, by Mahmoud Bakhshi.

This exhibition has its origins in Noronha Feio’s interest in flora as a representation of power. On the surface of the show, the naïve and sentimental aesthetic value of the flower presents itself as a deceptive cover over the deeper conceptual research that the works truly look into.

(Wallpaper) ‘Wild Flower (wildness is contextual!), 2017 by Carlos Noronha Feio. ‘Rainbow Rose’, 2016 by Marte Ekmaes. ‘Flower Piece B.’ 1975 by Richard Hamilton.

For example, Richard Hamilton’s Flower Piece B, 1975, shows a major pictorial genre and its flowery allure is an irrelevant anachronism in the context of cultural ideas in our time. Marte Eknæs’ video Rainbow Rose, 2012, shows an alternative use for the 3D modelling software that is primarily used to design military technologies.

(Top to bottom) ‘Herbarium I’, ‘Herbarium III’, ‘Herbarium II’, 2014 by Ilya Dolgov. ‘Afyon & Expander (GOLD)’ 2013-2017 by Mustafa Hulusi.

Mustafa Hulusi’s painting from the Afyon series reference Byzantine mosaic with its lavish use of gold and black contrast, but at the same time hints to intoxication as a current social condition in Turkey and the region of the Near East.

‘Afyon & Expander (GOLD)’ 2013-2017 by Mustafa Hulusi. ‘INDOOR FLORA’, 2017 by Alice Ronchi.

Neil Haas’ blind sculpture painted with flowers in a wider context of the artist’s work offers a counterbalance to his studies of young male streetwise masculinity.

‘Day 183’, 2016 by Juliette Blightman. ‘Deep red Mini Carnations / Tuesday, March 25, 2008 / Tehran / Islamic Republic of Iran’, 2017; ‘Tuberoses / Saturday, April 05, 2008 / Tehran / Islamic Republic of Iran’, 2017, by Mahmoud Bakhshi.

The artist-curator is seeking to explore how the artists approach the natural beauty of flowers and how the aesthetic quality of the flower motif transforms within the contextual framework of each individual practice.

‘Thistle II’, ‘Thistle I’, 2017 by Harm van den Dorpel. ‘Further on Air’, 2016 by Gabriela Machado.

This relationship between formal aesthetics and context creates a duality of possible conceptual readings of the works in the exhibition. Each flower becomes a representation of the artists’ interests, research and experiment. Collectively they touch on subjects as varied as beauty, sexuality and technical ability through to issues of consumerism, politics, war and pop culture.

Installation View: Wild Flowers on view at Narrative Projects until 16 September 2017

Using flower as case in study Noronha Feio investigates context dependency of an image in situation when information becomes increasingly more and more image heavy.

Installation View: Wild Flowers on view at Narrative Projects until 16 September 2017
‘Uma fita amarela”; 2017 by Gabriela Machado. ‘Room Temperature’, 2017 by Harm van den Dorpel. ‘Sweet Smiles and Golf Clubs’, 2016 by Sigrid Viir. ‘flora’; 2012, by Daniel van Straalen. ‘Flower and Girl’, 2017 by Xiao-yang Li.
(Behind) ‘Flower with saws’; ‘Flower with saber teeth’; ‘Flower with hairy face’, 2010 by Georgy Litichevsky. (In front) ‘Girl VII’, 1975 by Lynn Chadwick.
(Center) ‘Avant-Garde Flower’, 2017 by Lulou Margarine.
‘Blue Vase’ 2017 by Neil Haas.

Artists in the Exhibition:

Mahmoud Bakhshi (b. 1977, lives and works Tehran); Juliette Blightman (b. 1980 lives and works in Berlin); Lynn Chadwick (born, lived and worked 1914 – 2003 in England); Ilya Dolgov (b. 1984 lives and works in Kronshtadt, Russia); Harm van den Dorpel (b. 1981 lives and works in Berlin); Marte Eknæs (b. 1978 lives and works in Norway); Marita Fraser (b. 1969 lives and works in London); Neil Haas (b. 1971 lives and works London); Richard Hamilton (born, lived and worked 1922 – 2011 in London); Mustafa Hulusi (b. 1971 lives and works in London); Xiao-yang Li (b. 1985 lives and works in London); Georgy Litichevsky (b. 1956 lives and works in Moscow and Berlin); Gabriela Machado (b. 1960 lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); Lulou Margarine (b. 1984 lives and works in New York, USA); Carlos Noronha Feio (b. 1981 lives and works in London and Lisbon); Alice Ronchi (b. 1989 lives and works in Amsterdam); Daniel van Straalen (b. 1987 lives and works in The Hague, Netherlands); Sigrid Viir (b. 1979, lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia).

Exhibition is curated by Carlos Noronha Feio.

 

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