A Rose By any other name - Stephanie Lassen

A portrayal of floral art works that are distinguished by various textures. The gallery will showcase how different artists lend a sense of feel and touch to the colors of nature by using texture as a means to communicate beauty.

Three Flower Bouquet with Ribbon Paperweight, Cristallerie de Clichy, 1845-1855, From the collection of: Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
This piece is a glass paperweight that features a floral arrangement crafted with bright colors. The pattern on the two open flowers, as well as the suggested pattern on the third, seems to hint at these being the same type of flower. The color itself, however, leads to the opinion that they are not as similar as the pattern would lead you to believe. The actual lines of the pattern seem to be helping the artist convey a sense of texture that is different than the glass used to build the piece itself.
Flowers, MONNOYER, Jean-Baptiste, 1634/1699, From the collection of: Tokyo Fuji Art Museum
The arrangement shown here uses more organic lines. The flow of the lines themselves lends a feeling of beauty. The use of negative space in the black background seems topping to something much darker. It is almost as if the arrangement is sitting in an empty and dark room and that fact is making them seem less vibrant and alive. The textures are soft and many of the flowers are pointing downwards, given us almost a sense of mourning for this beauty that has been hidden away from the light.
Favrile Flower-form Vase, Tiffany, Louis Comfort (American, 1848-1933), Designer, 1911 - 1912, From the collection of: Corning Museum of Glass
Here is a very unique glass piece. While the first glass piece we talked about seemed to use the painting as a way to portray the flowers as being a texture that isn't smooth as glass would be, this piece instead uses the smooth texture of the glass to get a feeling of flowing and changing colors. Glass is a great way to explore coloring as it many pieces are not a uniform color throughout but rather a shifting smoothness like shown here.
Magnolia, from Flower and Rock Arrangements in Pots album, Artist: Sun Kehong, probably 1590s, From the collection of: National Museum of Asian Art
Interestingly, this painting takes on an almost ghost like appearance. The faint colorings make the flowers seem almost almost transparent, a smooth thin surface that is perhaps not as strong as its brighter and thicker counterparts. In this piece we see that there are pieces of the plant where their may have been a bloom but there is no longer. This suggests a weakness of the flower itself, portraying a theory that the thicker branches are far more sturdy.
Lidded urn, with flowers, Shomi Eisuke, c.1880, From the collection of: Art Gallery of South Australia
The beautiful shiny smooth texture of the negative space in this piece makes us feel like we are viewing a vast area, the brown colors reminding me of something like a savannah. A place where colors are made blunt, rather than strikingly beautiful. The flowers themselves do not use a texture that is quite as smooth as the rest of the vase. In fact, the flowers are wilting and the brown colors only lends credence to the fact that we are not in a place that holds much lush and colorful nature. The flowers are not so weak as not to put up a fight. You can see places where the color is dying and the leaves and flowers are wilting, but it has a sense of the powerful will to survive.
Random Act of Flower #earthdaystreet2014, Andrea LaHue, Andrea LaHue, Random Act, 2014-04-21, From the collection of: Random Act Projects
This is a very unique peace. The colors are wind and weave amongst each other. The work is a contrast against the backdrop of a pavement and an area where painting has taken on a more dangerous tone. The painting invokes our responsibility to the earth and serves to show us how beauty still exists in nature. The lines are smooth, without a sharp outline, as the colors bleed together to form a feeling of flowing through nature.
Goyang Flower City, Kong, Sung Hun, 2008, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
I chose this piece to illustrate the difference that contrast can make when illuminating the world around us. Within the light we see brightly lit flowers that have that component of feeling like you are viewing intense and crowded areas of nature. The contrast of the dark corners, places where the colors are not seen lend a feeling of the darkness closing in on the garden. It draws your eye to that deep dark area towards the middle of the painting as you try to imagine what is being hidden in that darkness.
Vase decorated with stylised flowers, Rozenburg Royal Delftware Factory, 1898, From the collection of: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona
This vase is a lesson in symmetry. The floral pattern works its way around the vase, and shows us a new distinction. Many times nature is shown by flowing or cascading lines but here we see sharp lines and specific outlines and patterns that represent a natural but harsh structure that is not as likely to be found in nature on its own. Smooth texture and specific lining make you feel as if the artist is attempting to control nature, which is in essence uncontrollable by man.
Flower, KOO, Sung-soo, 2005/2005, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
I felt it necessary to showcase this piece because the art is different from the structure that we have seen. Here the entire field is a fluid merging of colors and flowers. Watching the flowers grow around the towers in the back suggest that there is a contest between nature and man and man is losing. Is that accurate? Look at how the flowers are overcoming the man made obstacle. There is obviously guidance by a human hand. So we see that man can guide nature. The contrasting texture between the plastic that the person is wearing and the softness of the flowing fields depicts the chaos that is nature against the structure that is man.
Flowers, Zlatko Strficek, 1996, From the collection of: Koprivnica Town Museum - Gallery of Naive Art, Hlebine
The colors that are used in this image are sharp, strong and brilliant. The image of the flowers and the plant the holds them holds the most brightness. It is also the most textured area of the piece. Seeing the patterns and lines on the flowers and the plant gives it more depth than the rest of the images. The background images are darker and smoother, as if the texture of them is too far away to be seen. By making the background less textural it puts our focus on the flowers themselves.
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