June 9 – July 21, 2012
The Gallery at R&F
84 Ten Broeck Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401
Gallery hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 p.m.
The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present "From the Garden – Flowers as Pigment" a solo exhibition by artist, Linda Stillman. Please join us on Saturday, June 9th from 5-7 pm for an opening reception and artists talk. This event is free and open to the public.
Working in various media, Linda Stillman’s work focuses on the passage of time in nature; how plants grow and die, and how we try to preserve the memory of their fleeting moments of beauty. Stillman’s “plant drawings” are made from flower petals and leaves rubbed directly onto paper, creating traces of their ephemeral color while containing small remnants of actual plant matter. The artist will sometimes add a small area of paint to give a benchmark of the color for comparison as the plant pigment inevitably fades.
This body of work originated in 2001 when Stillman was exploring ways to preserve the plants from her ‘August Garden’ land installation, a project that consisted of planting a garden of annuals in the form of a calendar of the month of August. She photographed the garden periodically and documented it in works on paper, transforming her observations and memories into art. For her show at R&F, Stillman will create a new installation of over 150 flower pigment drawings that will be replenished by the artist weekly, documenting the growing season and adding a performative aspect to the show.