Vessel as Human Form : Humanity at Vessel Gallery
Our ability to domesticate various plant species into high-yielding consumables has allowed our populations to extend to the numbers it has. This image of an abstracted harvest comments upon an instance of neglect of what has been reaped, offering a revelation that can be applied to extrapolated circumstances. It is not uncommon for food to spoil at market due to distribution or lack of sales. Similarly, a farm-raised crop is not always guaranteed to be sold for food due to issues of territory, labor, and management. Like any of the Earth’s species, our dependence on food is great, yet waste as a concept and procedure is a built in trait of the trade.
The inevitable end to the collection of agricultural goods is the decimation of the material’s integrity. Our impulse to seize control of valuable items depends on increasing our reserve in order to make profit (or in some cases, complete an obsession). In either case, the intrinsic qualities that make the item worth stockpiling will lead to its ruin. In the case of the petals, they are valued due to their fragile forms, an image we connect to notions of romanticism. This same delicacy is what leads to their quick decomposition. In expanded examples, collections may be ruined by disruptions in the collector’s character, the item can lose favor in the marketplace, or resources may deplete; in all instances the desirable object falls.
Curated by Lonnie Lee
Reception: November 1, 6-900pm
Exhibition runs November 1 - December 14, 2013