In her first solo NYC show since 2006, Brown University art professor Leslie Bostrom presents “Monster Flowers,” a new series of large-scale paintings that feature vivid roadside scenes of flowering invasives, wayward perenials, animals, debris, and, in one painting, mysterious soldiers engaged in battle (discarded action figures? Not sure). Using a low point of view, nature-loving Bostrom, an avid birder for the past twenty years, lets the flowers loom large, drawing our attention to the loveliest and undoubtedly the most easily overlooked detail of our man-made industrial-transportation complex. Agitated and urgent, Bostrom’s inventive paint handling implores us to look more closely both at the paintings and the natural world around us.
Note: The gallery is only big enough to accommodate four paintings from the series, but more can be found on Bostrom’s website.
“Leslie Bostrom: Monster Flowers,” Brenda Taylor Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through June 2, 2012.
(And congratulations to all the Brown University art majors, especially my talented niece Jess, who are graduating today)
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