Magic Beans is pleased to present Power Flower, a group show featuring Abetz & Drescher, Claudia Chaseling, Winston Chmielinski, Neal Fox, Jenna Gribbon, Maxine Puorro, and Xevi Sola. Composed of vivid drawings, paintings and sculptures, these seven artists’ works reflect the multitude of colors and sentiment that emanates from the psychedelic realm. All of the artists question expectations of illusion and representation. They use varying kinds of imagery appropriated from popular culture and abstract interpretations of nature, used as a symbolic vocabulary to express a mystical, ephemeral and kaleidoscopic viewpoint. Taking its name from “Flower Power”, a slogan used in the 1960’s and 1970’s as a symbol of passive resistance, this exhibition reverses this term, subverting its meaning.
Abetz & Drescher’s painting is a self-contained fantastical world that resonates with the rhythm of a musical score. Claudia Chaseling’s large scale paintings and sculptures beam with bright colors and abstract shapes while questioning spatial understanding and environmental conditions. Winston Chmielinski uses source images that he culls from the Internet and what emerges are gestural paintings that celebrate mass information, showing the viewer that cohesive dialogues are possible through disparate elements. Neal Fox’s drawings can be interpreted as the poet Allen Ginsberg having a mystical vision in his 1948 Harlem apartment, hearing the voice of William Blake and becoming one with the universe. Jenna Gribbon’s painting feels like a dream interrupted, where images are archetypes and meanings are infinite. Maxine Puorro uses ordinary materials, such as cardboard and paper, elevating them to create an enchanted sculptural installation, a protrusion of floral overgrowth that illuminates and interrupts the gallery space. While Xevi Sola creates whimsical portraits that challenge our notion of the idealized subject.
In Power Flower, each artist uses their works to reveal a mystic truth. They show us that the space between the known and the surreal might be the most tenuous yet thrilling reality.
ABETZ & DRESCHER