Foreword by Jenni Lomax
Up Close showcases the career of artist Rob Kesseler, who is inspired by the exotic forms and luscious colours of the plant world and the way in which they infiltrate every aspect of our lives.
290 x 260 mm
Subject: Art & Design
The exotic forms and luscious colours of the plant world and the way in which they infiltrate every aspect of our lives have been a source of inspiration for Rob Kesseler throughout his artistic career. Using a wide range of familiar materials and objects, from ceramics to furniture and drawing to photography, he creates sensual sculptures and emblematic images that celebrate each subject in a uniquely personal way. Rob Kesseler: Up Close traces his career starting with his early work that explores the tensions between artifice and imitation and the paradoxes of representing nature through his ironic and humorous sculptures covered in familiar pictographic icons. After a transitional period in which decorative excess led to what he describes as the ‘martyrdom of ornament’, his most recent work reflects current enlightened thinking that seeks to exploit the benefits of collaboration between artists and scientists. Over the past decade he has worked extensively with botanical scientists at Kew exploring the creative potential of microscopic plant material. Following extensive media coverage after the publication of a collection of award-winning books Pollen, Seeds and Fruit, developed in collaboration with Madeline Harley and Wolfgang Stuppy at Kew, his work has found a global audience eager to discover more about this exciting world previously hidden to all but the science community.Purchase on Amazon
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