You Are My Sunshine
A Group Show of plant-based art and artist/gallerist-owned plants
September 21 - October 13, 2013
Opening Saturday September 21, 7-10pm
Associated is pleased to announce our first fall exhibition as a group show that juxtaposes the onset of autumn with the struggle for life. Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday September 21st at 7pm as we celebrate this miracle.
You Are My Sunshine will transform the gallery into an menagerie of greenery, a literal and metaphorical portrayal of the seeds of creation coexisting with, and within, the lives of artists. Some of the pieces on display are deliberate pieces of finished artwork that either incorporate or have been directly influenced by plant-life. Others serve to bring joy into the daily lives of artists who are feel subjected to a lack of accessible foliage in the city, perhaps conjuring a sense of nostalgia for those raised in abrasively urban environments.
Indeed, some participating artists have deep emotional connections to their plants. Multi-media artist Glenn Wonsettler, for example, describes is attachment thus, “My plant was given to me as a small stem with a few leaves in a glass of water by a person I was deeply in love with on the day we decided that, because of circumstances outside our control, we could no longer be together. I keep it in a ceramic bowl I made in 1998 that is decorated with a cat chasing a mouse who is after some cheese.” Hannah June, an industrial designer, by contrast makes work which merges functionality with beauty and incorporates her interest in biomimicry via living plants. Ellie Irons salvaged a clipping of an Asiatic dayflower, which grows spontaneously in NYC but is native to Northeast Asia, from a weed trimmer on Wilson Avenue, and it has begun sprouting seeds that she will use to generate a new crop of the plant when the local population dies off this winter.