Wild Flowers

September 26 – 27, 2009

Wild Flowers, Parlour No. 8, is an exhibition set on a rooftop terrace overlooking the Lower East Side. The exhibition brings together a group of talented young artists, whose diverse practices have created a broad range of sculptural works that vary in material, color, shape, scale and construction, resulting in a wild flower sculpture garden. Though unique in their starting point, each piece naturally unites with the rest to form a cohesive tapestry. They are organic entities that invade and overcome the space, highlighting the beauty of quotidian forms, growing and sprawling before our eyes, evolving into new forms while feeding upon the existing ones. Participating artists include Corey D’Augustine, Langdon Graves, Nathan Gwynne, Todd Knopke, Ryan O’Connor, Don Porcella, Trish Tillman and Jeanine Woollard. Wild Flowers is hosted by Alex Baxter, who also hosted Parlour No. 2: Behind the Looking Glass.

Press Release

Parlour No. 8: Wild Flowers, hosted by Alex Baxter in Manhattan

Featured artist Jeanine Woollard with her piece, Liberty Leading the World

Jeanine Woollard, Liberty Leading the World, 2009, paper posters, body form, bow, wicker, plastics, wood and tape, 80 x 30 x 32 inches

Installation view. Don Porcella, Nature Boy, the Naked Bee Keeper with Split Personality, 2009, pipe cleaners, 65 x 40 x 24 inches

Installation view. Ryan O’Connor, Standing Riot, 2009, oak, black oil paint, fluorescent lights, wiring and walnut

Opening night, viewers gaze at Ryan O’Connor’s Standing Riot

Installation view. Todd Knopke, Whispering Winds (Gold), 2009, fabric, stuffing, mono filament, wood

Installation view. Trish Tillman, Gift and Guilt, 2009, photograph mounted on sheetrock, wood, fabric, foil paper, sequins, cardboard, spray paint, tape and found objects

Installation view. Trish Tillman, Gift and Guilt, 2009, photograph mounted on sheetrock, wood, fabric, foil paper, sequins, cardboard, spray paint, tape and found objects

Installation view. Corey D’Augustine, Light Pile, 2009, fluorescent lights, size variable

Corey D’Augustine’s piece, Light Pile, comes alive opening night!

Installation view (Detail). Langdon Graves, Feel Better, 2009, vinyl, plastic, rubber and steel, as it creeps across the space.

Installation view (Detail). Langdon Graves, Feel Better, 2009, vinyl, plastic, rubber

Nathan Gwynne, Hi Life, 2009, wood, acrylic paint, pencil, plaster, brass lamp, plastic female display torso, stainless steel bucket (contents of bucket variable)

Opening night

Opening night, featured artist Langdon Graves with detail from her piece, Feel Better