Jun 8, 07:11 AM
The Philip Johnson Glass House 2018 Auction, June 9 LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics (set of 5)
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Auction June 9, 2018
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LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics (set of 5), 2015-2016
Lot Number 56
Courtesy of the artist
Grouping of 5 unique cast bronze objects from LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics
1) LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics (Lotusland) Brachychiton acerifolius no.9, 2016 Unique bronze cast
3 × 6 × 2 inches
2) LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics (Lotusland) Encephalartos whitelockii seed no.2, 2015 Unique bronze cast
1.5 × 1 × 1 inches
3) LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics (Lotusland) Encephalartos whitelockii seed no.3, 2015 Unique bronze cast
1.5 × 1 × 1 inches
4) LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics (Lotusland) Aechmea no.5, 2015 Unique bronze cast
9 × 1 × 1 inches
5) LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics (Lotusland) Brachychiton acerifolius no.11, 2016 Unique bronze cast
2.5 × 1.5 × 2 inches
“In LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics (2015-2017), Zoe Crosher casts the sex organs of Lotusland’s exotic flowers. Opened to the public in 1933, the botanical garden originally belonged to “Madame Ganna Walska, a well-known Polish opera singer and socialite … whereby Madame (as she is known) spent the next forty-three years creating her ‘collection’ of exotic plants.”14 Crosher explores the garden as a site of collection, with particular archival practices that attend to constant, organic fluctuations. Plants are not static objects but live at a nexus of environmental and genetic factors. Inspired by photographic documentation, Crosher casts “the reproductive elements of exotic plants … that blossom prior to the end of their life cycle, preserving the ephemeral—and in some case rare and endangered—plant matter into bronze sculptures.” She uses a “lost wax” process, whereby the original plant material is destroyed. Though the resulting sculptures boast a more stable existence, they are void of potency, enduring instead as gilded and heavy afterimages of a flower’s fertility.”
- Caroline Picard, Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening, forthcoming from Green Lantern Press, September 2016