Flower Power, a solo exhibition of new work by Medellín-based artist Chris Wolston (b. 1987, USA) is on view now at The Future Perfect’s New York gallery. Wolston’s fourth solo exhibition and tenth presentation with the gallery, Flower Power marks a new direction for the artist’s ceramic practice with the debut of a series of terracotta furniture and lighting—the first ceramic collection he has made exclusively for The Future Perfect.
Drawing inspiration from the blossoming tropical flora found in the mountains and forests of Wolston’s adopted home of Medellin, Colombia, Flower Power probes and celebrates the cultural significance of the flower—from the practice of planting and cutting flowers to express joy, love, remembrance, and romance, and its various other symbolic meanings; to the role the flower industry plays in both the local and global economies; to its emblematic use in social and political movements. The exhibition’s title alludes to the phrase coined by beat poet and counterculture leader Allen Ginsberg in 1965 as a means to transform anti-war demonstrations into peaceful affirmative spectacles, through the use of love, unity, and imagination.