Sylvia Marsters with BCA Gallery
New Yorkers Don’t See Flowers
March 6 – 9, 2014
82 Mercer St
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” Georgia O’Keefe / New York Post Interview, 1946
BCA Gallery proudly presents a Sylvia Marsters project for VOLTA NY 2014, New Yorkers Don’t See Flowers. Influenced by a 1946 New York Post interview with artist Georgia O’Keefe, Marsters’ nine panel installation of original flower paintings will deliver an eruption of colour, form and dimension within the VOLTA milieu. Marsters’ statement is delivered via her compelling composition of absorbing colour contrasts and detailed structure; the flowers themselves seem to leap directly out at the viewer.
Recollecting photographer Alexander Liberman’s impressions of a ‘serene’ vase of flowers amongst the chaos within Augusto Giacometti’s Paris studio in 1950, it is Marsters’ intent to convey that sense of psychic relief. This notion is reinforced when considering Marsters’ up-bringing in working class suburbs of Auckland, New Zealand where she bore witness to the harsh economic realities of the 1980’s and suffered the loss of a parent. Undertaking formal studies with art tutor Lois McIvor (McIvor herself was a student of artist Colin McCahon), Marsters’ passion for flowers intensified, her canvases taking on increasing detail and aspect.
It is no surprise that the sublime beauty of Marsters’ flowers so easily engage your attention, to offer (if ever so briefly) a chance to re-focus and re-frame our daily outlook and perhaps question what is significant and not so significant in our multifarious reality. Ben Bergman.