in the Laurent Grasso’S Future herbariumsmall bouquets of flowers develop into bizarre shapes with double pistils and petals that sprout in thick layers and tufts. Painted in distemper or oil, the transformed flowers are depicted as typical studies of specimens common in the 18th century. The mutations bring together historical aesthetics and transformations from an imaginary future and provoke “an impression of foreignness in which beauty and fear are mixed,” says the artist, who lives in Paris.
Grasso works in various media, from painting to sculpture to film, and the themes of time and transformation permeate many of his projects. Future herbarium comes from “ARTIFICIALIS”, a film that is planned to be shown at Musee d’orsaythat takes into account the border areas between nature and culture in terms of images. In his presentation at Hong Kong Perrotin (until April 24th) and the Jeonnam Art Museum in Gwangyang (which can be seen virtual and in person through June 30th) the series will be paired with another project dealing with the effects of solar wind on Earth. “The Future herbariumThe flowers are thus exposed to an imaginary catastrophe that would have caused mutations, but also to these solar winds, ”says the artist.
In addition to the two exhibitions in Hong Kong and Gwangyang, Grasso’s work will be on view until May 16 at the Aranya Art Center in Qinhuangdao, China Artspace in Sydney from April 28th to July 11th and at Musée de l’Armée from May 7, 2021 to January 30, 2022 in Paris. Learn more about his multidisciplinary practice at Instagram. (above This is not luck)
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