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Getting Your Garden On

Posted on: Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Valentine's Day is now upon us and regardless of one's current romantic status, there are signs that we are madly in love with the idea of spring and all of the promise that this brings. Casey Ruble's cut-out floral wall installations in the 'New History' exhibit at the Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, display an effloresence of color and texture that is confectionary-infectious. Ruble's pieces, 'Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom' (2006) and 'Curtain' (2006) are jungle-animated in their laser-precise layering and leafy homage to the density of nature.

In the window dressing realm, the retail store 'Anthropologie' is sporting seed-sprouted sachets in their Rockefeller Center windows as well as soil(ed) table settings with seed-strung chandeliers. 'Getting your garden on' is en vogue it seems, as plain ol' dirt and the processes of nature are as (style) critical as fluctuating hemlines and our concerns about how to dress appropriately with the shifting global temperatures and bio-regional alterations.

Casey Ruble's work will be on view at the Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College until March 17, 2007.
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