The colors of autumn are beautiful, but the season represents the cycle of life which must come to an end each year. This moment between summer and autumn is one where life and death are in harmony, a moment that inspired Modern Eden Galery’s current exhibition, “Verdant”. Co-curated by artist Redd Walitzki, featured here on our blog, the exhibit portrays this clash of seasonal abundance with decay. Although Redd Walitzki is not a participant herself, the show does have a taste of her lush and darkly romantic style in works by: Kari-Lise Alexander, Lauren Marx, Lori Nelson, JeanPaul Mallozzi, Lioba Brückner, Jana Brike, Leilani Bustamante, Nicomi Nix Turner, Steve Ferrera, Helen Bayly, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Hannah Yata, Syd Bee, Michael Ramstead, Jillian Dickson, and Stephanie Jucker, to name a few. The title of the exhibition “Verdant” refers to the green of vegetation, as well as growing plants and grass. This motif is used throughout, as in Kari-Lise Alexander’s portrait of a nude bathing in a dense pond, or Jilian Dickson’s image of budding flowers and butterflies. Other works, such as Lauren Marx’s illustration of a fox with a withering bouquet in its mouth, convey both aspects of autumn. Whether in subject matter or palette, where ever there is a richness and life, its decline and deterioration is not far behind. “Verdant” is now on view at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, CA through November 7th, 2015.
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
Nicomi Nix Turner