Boys and Flowers

March 30 – August 12, 2006

Titled after a video by Kirsten Stoltmann, Boys and Flowers featured new commissions from Paul Morrison, Jeffry Mitchell, and Universal Nonlinear Design. Morrison’s mesophyte took over the four walls of Western Bridge’s largest gallery for this and the following two exhibitions. mesophyte mixes naturalistic and cartoonish floral and landscape imagery. Stumps, firs, pulled weeds, and garden flowers, set out of perspective with a continuous horizon line, create a thrillingly artificial world of nature.

Jeffry Mitchell’s newly commissioned installation juxtaposed a handmade Japanese byobu screen of cast paper with a vitrine containing ceramics in the vein of Chinese funerary sculpture—though this particular tomb evoked a long-enduring Seattle bathhouse, Club Zodiac, which rumor had it would soon close.

Seattle architecture firm Universal Nonlinear Design presented a proposal to raise a section Seattle’s Denny Park to its original height before the Regrade, some 60 feet above its current elevation. An architectural model was shown with photographs referring to the movie Parallax View and the work of Michael Heizer.

Also on view was Kutlug Ataman’s Four Seasons of Veronica Read, a four-channel projected video installation that obsesses over an obsessive collector, an English woman who maintains nearly a thousand amaryllis bulbs in her small London flat despite being seriously allergic to them.

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