Ikebana is not only what you think it is but a way to familiarize yourself with the wilderness around your neighborhood. We will start each session looking at alternative histories in both flower arranging and still life, through the lens of contemporary art practice. We will then split up for a walk around the block collecting leaves, seed pods and other materials. Return to the studio where we will cull our collection. Arrange, compose, build. Listen to a little talk on Italian Renaissance and Japanese drawing techniques. Study, draw and paint our arrangements with an eye for gesture, detail, syntax, tone ....
Special thanks to Sarah Kantrowitz for the introduction to Ikebana and its synergy with foraging (sarahkantrowitz.com). Sal Randolph and the three flower protocols of The Order of the Third Bird will also be explored (www.estarser.net).
Storefront for Somatic Practice
97A Hampshire Street
September 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23