Friday, April 26, 2019

"What Befell Us" - Tiffanie Turner at Elanor Harwood Gallery

The artist Tiffanie Turner (who, full disclosure, is also a friend) has mounted an absolutely triumphal exhibition for her solo gallery debut. What Befell Us, currently at Eleanor Harwood Gallery, consists of seven enormous flowers, each several feet across, all entirely made of paper. Where Turner's previous shows (at places like Rare Device and the De Young Museum's artist in residence program) have focused on exquisite botanical specimens of large size, this time she really upped the game. Both in terms of scale, and by taking her blossoms past the peek of perfection and into the realm of wilt and decay. These flowers have things to say about global warming, about women's aging, and about beauty. Because, it turns out, they are beautiful not in spite of, but because of, their apparent flaws. The dying ranunculus (both above and below) is my favorite. It is, quite simply, one of the loveliest things I've ever seen on a gallery wall.

All photos are mine except for the bottom one which is from the gallery. Show is up until June 15th at Eleanor Harwood in the Minnesota Street Project building. Get in there!

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