Bloomed: Dandelion
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Bloomed: Dandelion

2016
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The recognisable dandelion is home to all parts of the Northern Hemisphere, commonly found in pastures, meadows and farmland. The plant is the only flower that represents the three celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. Blooming in the early summer months, the bright yellow flower resembles the sun, with the puff ball representing the moon, and finally, the dispersing seeds depicting the sprinkling of stars.

The dandelion is presented in an interaction-led life cycle, portraying the highly visual growth from a young bud to a flower. Following the closure of the bud, the seed 'clock' appears. Each stage is a reaction to the movement of the viewer before the piece, with the final stunning flight of seeds a direct response to the observer's wave. Just like in real-life, the flower will regerminate, creating a perpetually shifting representation of the common, yet fascinating, dandelion.

"Jan Van Huysum (active in the 17th and 18th centuries) was one of the greatest painters of still life, and specialised in the skilled representation of flowers. In the National Gallery’s Flowers in a Terracotta Vase (1736) the eye roves across a static landscape of flowers, the painter imbues life and vivacity in the work with the addition of butterflies, flies and the bowing, curling, explosion of  stems that support the flower heads, almost all of which are in full bloom – timed to open like a synchronised firework. Here and there, a droplet falls. The grapes and peaches feel ripe and good enough to eat. As we further inspect the piece, things begin to take on a surreal twist, the perspective feels strange, like the vase is sliding into the background, the small nest of eggs feels glued on and all the insects are suspended in animation, or posed as if nothing will take flight.

Harris’ Bloomed Wall (2017) pays homage to this genre of still life painting. In these works, the artist fully embraces the surreal, anachronistic nature of the arrangement of many different varieties of flower in coordinated bloom. Unlike in nature the flowers are made to last, rather than a real-life simulation they are caricatures, an abstraction of the real thing. The flowers sway and react to the viewer’s movements as if attached to springs, jostling for position, docking themselves like spaceships into their position on the grid, petals open and close but never fall from the stem. In some ways, it is the logical conclusion of a still life genre which aimed to capture the ecstatic moment of the hyper-real bloom than any perceived objective reality."

Extract from
essay by Sunny Cheung

Year:

2016

Edition:

Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs

Materials:

Code, software, display screen, electronics, sensor, aluminium, acrylic

Details:

Dimensions in MM:

Small:
286 (W) x 342 (H) x 72 (D) mm

Dimensions in INCHES:

Small:
11.2 (W) x 13.5 (H) x 2.8 (D) inches

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