In full Bloom
featuring the work of Bruce Hustad and Erin Prais-Hintz
Exhibit Dates: October 18 - December 28, 2019
Exhibit Opening Reception: November 1, 5:00-7:00pm
Artist Statement: Bruce Hustad
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The single image: enlarged, simplified and enhanced by the silhouetting effect of the predominately white background, gives my work its strong, visual impact — its presence. The flower becomes an icon for the viewer to contemplate, an image that is real to the beholder, yet not a photographer’s reproduction or precise botanical study. I am not interested in the flower as an artifact, but as a means of creating a bold, sensual image with a unique, personal style. This strong frontal image holds the viewer with its visual impact. Its inherent visual sensuality, strong simple forms and bold rich colors help to create a piece of work that has dramatic appeal. Deep shadows and the shading of the image create a heightened sense of three-dimensional form. Standing alone you feel the bloom’s wholeness, as if you could see around it. Areas of the painting are isolated with water. Then color is added to the wet areas gradually building up layer after layer of washes that not only helps to build up and delineate the form of the flower, but creates a richness of hues. The surfaces have a deep vibrancy and luminous quality as well as a clean, crisp look that enhances its contemporary feel.
Artist Statement: Erin Prais-Hintz
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The language of flowers is called Floriography. Popular in cultures around the world, flowers and plants serve as a cryptological code bearing messages to friends and lovers. Each bouquet, nosegay or tussie-mussie conveyed secret sentiments.
This small collection of sculptural neckpieces is called "Florapoetry" for the balance between the forms of the flowers and the poetic messages they convey. I used a relatively new material on the market called Quick Cure Clay combined with my favorite steel wire. Quick Cure Clay is a marvelous material that has the properties of fired ceramic but needs no kiln to cure. Cured QCC is 5x stronger than polymer clay (my usual medium) and has properties that are akin to epoxy clays in strength, but QCC has one major advantage - it is self-curing with the application of a little heat.
My goal with each piece in "Florapoetry" was to seek to balance the beautiful color-exploding blossoms of Bruce Hustad with more quietly contemplative sculptural forms. I intentionally left each a stark black and white - each bloom hand-painted in shimmering pearlescence against the strong dark steel wire forms supporting it - as if my sketchbook has sprung to life. Devoid of color, each necklace is a study of just one bloom, allowing the viewer an appreciation for the forms of the petals and the shapes of the leaves.
And of course, each of these flowers has a distinct message to convey and carries significant meaning for me personally - messages of happiness, protection, elegance, love and remembrance. The language of these flowers whisper bold truths.
I am honored to have my "Florapoetry" collection a part of the "In Full Bloom" exhibit and also excited by the creative challenge that I was given to make this happen.