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Oil Flowers

Jerry Bleem's avatar Jerry Bleem

The brightly colored, cartoonish flowers of the installation "Oil Flowers" take on a more somber character..."as the materials of their creation—post-consumer plastic bags—reveal a darker underlying significance. The plastic bag, that polyethylene urban tumbleweed, has become so ubiquitous in daily life that we hardly see it anymore, and it is this precise exposure-based blindness that Bleem seeks to confront. By creating flowers from plastic bags (which are made with substances derived from oil), he addresses the ecological concerns associated with the material; that is, he has fashioned nature from the very object that threatens it. In doing so, he also comments on the function of nature in urban settings (particularly flowers), which are manipulated into unnaturally perfect plots and gardens, ultimately becoming as urbanized as the plastic bags that one assumes are the very antithesis of nature." Quoted text by Anna Hill for the exhibition In Lieu of Other Forms of Aggression

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: post-consumer plastic bags, wood
  • Width: variable
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 45 inches