Chicago-born visual artist Doug Fogelson is famous for his unique experimental photography-based practice.
Using different processes including traditional lens-based work, photograms, and chemically altered film emulsion/surface Doug investigates global unsettling issues dealing with the current ecological situation. His series of photographs, photograms and chemically altered sheets of film, titled Potpourri is a consideration of the floral signifier and it’s meaning for current times.
How ironic is it that humans still cultivate flowering plants for decoration, castrate their reproductive bloom, and ship them around the planet in today’s age of ecological crisis?
"My objective in Potpourri is to first create an installation in which the viewer can feel an immediate and sensory experience of light, color, and form stemming from flower material and then stimulate deeper consideration of the floral signifier. Floral art implies references to the Classical or Baroque Era and the historical use of flowers by the Christian Church. I extend this to Abstract Expressionism in the creation of potpourri both physically via a time-based “fountain” sculpture and visually through multiple exposure photograms."
Taken together these four series- floral still lives, color photograms of fresh flowers or potpourri, and the pressings/impressions of flower bodies demonstrate a life cycle of the reproductive bloom. Representation and abstraction relate to the earthly and the cosmic, the show depicts one area where our culture and non-human life intersect.