“I continued my walk, dazzled. Sunflowers, rubber-banded in huge bunches; frosty refrigerators of roses; shelf after shelf of those poor tortured curlicued lucky bamboos; hip-high yuccas in faux Southwestern pots; a window full of mother-in-law tongues, Sansevieria, wagging; every plant and flower and frond in multiples of what looked like millions, shipped here from who-knows-where, to be sorted out and sent on to somewhere else, being converted en route from a retail unit of tangible commodity good to a dining-table centerpiece or a wedding corsage or a flower arrangement bought as an apology or a little green something to brighten a dreary corner of a third-floor walk-up with block windows.” Susan Orlean from The Floral Ghost.
Planthouse Gallery, 107 West 28 Street, occupies a space that once was a plant store. Katie Michel and Brad Ewing, founders of the gallery are taking advantage of the changing neighborhood. The current exhibition, Floral Ghost invited artists to contribute “another layer of botanically inspired imagery to the storied walls of 107 West 28 street.”
I love the idea of this show, but not so much its contents. Susan Orlean was asked to write an essay, which is part of limited edition portfolio. The essay is superb and a copy is available to anyone who visits the gallery. In addition, the gallery will have a holiday show, where all art will be priced under $400.
October 24- December 12, 2014
Hours: Mon-Sat 12-5pm