Oct 9, 08:56 am
Floral Patterns ~ An Essay About Flowers And Art (with a blooming addendum.) by Andrew Berardini for Mousse Magazine
FLORAL PATTERNS ~ AN ESSAY ABOUT FLOWERS AND ART (WITH A BLOOMING ADDENDUM.)
by Andrew Berardini
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“Without flowers, the reptiles, which had gotten along fine in a leafy, fruitless world, would probably still rule. Without flowers, we would not be.” — Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire (2001)
Zoe Crosher’s billboard series Shangri LA’d (2013-2015), produced in collaboration with LAND, displayed a lush array of flowers and greenery arranged by the artist and shot in a storefront in Los Angeles’s Chinatown formerly occupied by the Chinese Communist Party. As one drove across the country on the transcontinental highway, I-10, the flowers rotted further with each successive picture, until a decayed brown mass greeted the traveler as they crossed into California and on to Los Angeles. The dream of prosperity and possibility that drives a traveler westward became the hardships of the road and the realities of the place.