The KANSAS gallery in Tribeca has announced a solo exhibition of work by Virginia Poundstone in an exhibition titled Total Meltdown. For this show, Poundstone looks into how flowers and botanical life are represented in art history.
For instance, she pays homage to a tradition made popular in the Victorian era of pressed flower crafts, a process where dried out flowers are mounted into unique patterns on handmade paper, reflecting light and change in color. Similarly, Poundstone honors 16th century Dutch painter Rachel Ruysch by emulating her floral still-life paintings. Other portrayals of botany include vinyl prints, photographs, cast bronze, and glass pieces.
Poundstone’s inspiration for this theme was born when she received a group of flowers as a gift and noticed how lifeless they appeared. She then made plaster impressions of the flowers and turned the resulting fragments into cast bronze forms. After pouring molten glass over the fragments these new flower arrangements reflect their shortened life.
Poundstone sought the assistance of a commercial photographer to produce stock-style photographs of the floral arrangement. The artist printed these images on vinyl exploiting its one-way, see-through effects by wrapping and wrinkling the material around plate glass.
At KANSAS, 59 Franklin St., through Oct. 19. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. There will be an opening reception at the gallery Friday, Sept. 13th from 6-8 p.m.