November 16, 2016 – February 5, 2017
In Eric LoPresti’s new series, Blooms, large-format watercolors explore the aesthetic and intimate yet vicarious relationship between beauty and destruction. LoPresti’s artworks depict the physical damage only human conflict can produce as well as the potential for produced beauty.
A contemporary visualization of the Apocalyptic Sublime, The Blooms series features two juxtaposed subjects, landscapes littered with man-made craters at the Nevada Test Site, an expansive salt flat and previous nuclear weapon testing site; and the Lewisia Rediviva, commonly known as the flower bitterroot, which is one of the few flowers that continues to grow in this scarred desert landscape. Inspired by the complex duality in Gerhard Richter’s work… more