Earth Laughs in Flowers by David Lachapelle

2 Feb


David Lachapelle: Earth Laughs in Flowers
Fred Torres collaborations, New York City, usa
February 23rd until March 24th, 2012

American photographer David Lachapelle has created ‘Earth Laughs in Flowers’, a series consisting of the ten large-scale still life photographs. The collection will be on display at fred torres collaborations in new york city and will be the first exhibition of these works in the united states.

Lachapelle’s installation explores the fragility of society and ideas of vice and vanity through composing his images in a manner typical to that of baroque still life painting. deviating from the inclusion of solely fruit, flowers and sculls, the artist evokes a contemporary sensibility through his use of items such as pre-packaged foods, mobile phones, medicine, balloons, and barbie dolls. rather than being constructed in an especially balanced composition, lachapelle’s massive painterly-like photographs are intentionally chaotic, engaging the viewer as he/she attempt to reconcile the overwhelming canvas.

The artist conceived the title for the exhibition from the poem ‘hamatreya’ by ralph waldo emerson, in which the author explores the notion of flowers being the expression of nature’s hatred of human ignorance and desire to control the earth. subsequently, each work is named according to the cycles of both seasons and life.

‘Where are these men? asleep beneath their grounds:
and strangers, fond as they, their furrows plough.
earth laughs in flowers, to see her boastful boys
earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs;
who steer the plough, but cannot steer their feet,
clear of the grave.’-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wilting Gossip

The Lovers

Spring time

Flower Risk

Later Summer

Flaccid Passion

Early Fall

Deathless Winter

Concerning The Soul


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