Humans use “things” to support a lifestyle of comfort. In current mainstream culture we “need”, we buy, we consume, we throw-away, we repeat: Always in search of the next best thing to add ease and beauty to our lives. Artificial objects sow the seeds of vanity, for some, by creating an effortless way-of-life at a bargain. For others, they sustain a life of poverty and exploitation. Sweatshops and machines create a culture of mimesis. Compromising quality for convenience, and confusing the natural with the synthetic
Botanical artists depict the ideal version of a plant by sketching numerous specimen. The final piece is devoid of natural imperfections. With this in mind, Alexis Furlong depicted what seems to be the “ideal” flower for many- undemanding and abiding. In order to name each synthetic specimen, she applies her own taxonomy to the scientific name. Furlong's work is meant to be a reminder of the natural world that motivated the creation of these products, and the irony of their existence.
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7:00am to 10:00pm
LED Exhibition Wall, East Foyer, Center for Arts & Media. South City Campus 1575 S State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84115