Daniel Wheeler: Bloom
Bloom, a new installation by Los Angeles-based artist Daniel Wheeler, contains both video and structural elements, and is intended as an elegy to the struggle of a single life, with its grind and pull, and momentary flashes of beauty. With Bloom, Wheeler continues in the vein for which he is well known: stretching our perceptions of the everyday with canny juxtapositions, an eye for the metaphorical, and meticulous craftsmanship. A moving video of a small bee swimming across a watery surface provides a meditation on the life of a drone. The installation is quiet and seemingly uneventful for most viewers, except for those who are lucky or patient enough to catch and witness a momentary transformation of the bee.