In Laurent Grasso’s Future Herbarium, small bunches of flowers evolve into weird varieties with doubled pistils and petals sprouting in thick layers and tufts. Painted in distemper or oil, the remodeled blooms are depicted as typical research of specimens widespread within the 18th century. The mutations convey collectively historic aesthetics and transformations from an imagined future, frightening “an impression of strangeness the place magnificence and anxiousness are blended,” the Paris-based artist says.
Grasso works in a number of mediums, from portray to sculpture to movie, and the themes of time and transformation permeate lots of his tasks. Future Herbarium stems from “ARTIFICIALIS,” a movie slated for screening on the Musée d’Orsay, that considers the liminal areas between nature and tradition in relation to photographs. In its presentation at Hong Kong’s Perrotin (which is up by way of April 24) and the Jeonnam Museum of Art in Gwangyang (which is on view virtually and in-person by way of June 30), the sequence is paired with one other venture coping with the impacts of photo voltaic wind on the earth. “The Future Herbarium’s flowers are thus subjected to an imaginary disaster, which might have produced mutations but additionally to those photo voltaic winds,” the artist says.
Along with the 2 exhibitions in Hong Kong and Gwangyang, Grasso’s work will probably be on view at Aranya Artwork Heart in Qinhuangdao, China, by way of Might 16, at Artspace in Sydney from April 28 to July 11, and at Musée de l’Armée in Paris from Might 7, 2021, to January 30, 2022. Discover extra of his multi-disciplinary apply on Instagram. (through This Isn’t Happiness)
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