|Beginning of the Flora and Fauna exhibition with a Pedro Friedeberg “Butterfly” chair and Tim Harding’s “Garden: Field of Flowers” kimono.|
I finally had the opportunity to see Flora and Fauna: MAD About Nature at the Museum of Arts and Design (on view through November 7th) and left the show mesmerized by everything that I saw. The work on display is beautiful, poetic and incredibly diverse. In my opinion the exhibition features several incredible pieces ( in particular Beth Katleman’s “Folly” and Jennifer Trasks’ “Intrinsecus”) which have made me appreciate contemporary design more than I ever had in the past. Both Katleman’s and Trask’s work is stunning, complex, and testament to the highest level of craftsmanship. Elizabeth Kirrane, the show’s curator tells us what a difficult process it was selecting objects for the exhibition.
|Christopher Wade Adams, “Wall Construction”, 2008, Glazed earthenware|
I think it is easy to be inspired by 18thcentury art since it is all around us. Thankfully, through trusts and other organizations our past is still on view today and is teaching us about the way our ancestors lived, what they thought and believed in. I have also believed that to be a good artist, designer, decorator, etc. you need to know the past, your history. A good education in material culture relating to the past can do wonders for an artist’s inspiration.
|Beth Katleman, “Folly”, 2010, porcelain and wire.|
|A second shot so that you can see how three-dimensional the piece is.|
|An installation shot featuring a range of objects from the show, including the Rockwood pitcher at left.|
|On the right is Jennifer Trask’s “Intrinsecus”, 2010, Wood, bone, antler, silver and gold leaf|