plus ultra is very pleased to present bouquet, a solo exhibit by new york artist joanne carson. a single sculpture that virtually fills the entire gallery, bouquet transforms the space into an alice in wonderland-like environment that offers a bee’s eye view of an imaginary world of flora grown out-of-control.

a fanciful celebration of the artificial and the endless possibilities of invention, bouquet envelops the viewer in a breathtaking experience of wonderment and beauty. although seemingly based in reality, the piece does not display the same formal composition one might expect from a florist’s arrangement. distinctly non-mimetic, it exists instead as a phantasmagoria of the ineffable.

this 8½-foot-tall spray of flowers-made from aqua resin, thermaplastic, and copper-ranges from huge roses (more than three feet across) to small silk petals delicately painted in watercolor, calling attention to both the power and fragility of nature. referencing overabundance, fertility, and the spectacle of homemade gardens, bouquet imitates organic growth, yet seems frozen in time and space.

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joanne carson
october 19 to november 11, 2001
opening: friday, october 19, 2001, 7-9 pm


Roberta Smith, "ART IN REVIEW; JoAnne Carson," The New York Times, November 9, 2001

Joanne Carson

October 19 - November 11, 2001
Opens October 19, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Bouquet (detail)

JoAnne Carson, Bouquet (detail), 2001

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