For over 40 years John Koeniger has been photographing the beauty of flowers. The unfolding seasonal beauty reveals the annual cycle of birthing new blossoms, providing a show of unique colors, shapes, and forms. He has chosen Reeves-Reed Arboretum as his "unique and exquisite resource and muse". CLOSE-UPS: The Secret Life of Flowers is a floral portrait display of spring 2017 at the Arboretum, where the "volume of rain 'designed' dazzling, sparkling gems on each bud, petal or fully formed flower. This (the Arboretum) is an artist's playground," reflects Koeniger.
When iconic photographer and artist Diane Arbus defined a photograph as "as secret of a secret," she could've been talking about Koeniger's floral portraits specifically. Set against a stark, black background, individual flowers become the work of great portraiture, with secrets and backstories intact. CLOSE-UPS: The Secret Life of Flowers is at once original, romantic, lyrical, organic, dramatic, and abstract.
CLOSE-UPS: The Secret Life of Flowers by JOHN KOENIGER, will officially open the 2019 exhibition season at the Wisner House Gallery of Reeves-Reed Arboretum on Sunday, February 24. The exhibit will run through Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12.
All works are for sale and the artist will donate 30% of each purchase to benefit the Arboretum.
The public is invited to the artist reception on Saturday, May 11 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Please click here for John Koeniger's artist statement.
This exhibit can be viewed when Wisner House is open. Please click here for weekday and weekend hours.