‘Ground Work’ – An Art Opening, Santa Fe, NM

Through the year Molecule organizes multiple art and design events through the Art Meets Design series.

Ground Work
Ground Work

Ground Work is the alliance of 2 local installation artists and one flower arrangement designer. They come together to share their talents and skills. The sculpture and installation by Matthew Chase-Daniel and Cheri Ibes is inspired by nature and the New Mexico desert landscape. Mai Wakisaka is from Osaka, Japan, and will be showing her Ikebana arrangements, Mai will also be doing an in-site presentation.

Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. The name comes from the Japanese ike, meaning ‘alive’ or ‘arrange’ and bana meaning ‘flower.’ The practice of using flowers as offerings in temples originated in the seventh century when Buddhism was first introduced to Japan from China and Korea, but the formalized version of Ikebana didn’t begin until the Muromachi period around the 15th or 16th century. These arrangements have since become more secular, displayed as art forms in people’s homes. However, Ikebana is seen as more than just decorative, it is a spiritual process that helps one develop a closeness with nature and merge the indoors and outdoors.

Opening Reception:

Friday, March 27th, 5-7pm/free

Juice Tasting by RASA Juice Bar/Ayurveda

 

Matthew Chase-Daniel elegantly retraces the traditional practices of gathering, weaving, and making by hand. He uses branches and twigs from the local landscape to make large-scale, bold and sensuous forms suggestive of pods, hives and other structures found in nature.

Mathew Chase-Daniel, Spiral Elm & Spiral Drop
Mathew Chase-Daniel’s Spiral Elm and Spiral Drop

Cheri Ibes works with a variety of materials. Her installation at Molecule is inspired by the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging. Using the conventional flower vase as a starting point, she presents an unconventional arrangement.

Cheri Ibes, Milkweed
Dispersion (Milkweed) by Cheri Ibes
Cheri Ibes, Monumenta Installation
Monumenta, Installation by Cheri Ibes, found objects, black paint

Cheri Ibes, Monumenta Installation

Mai Wakisaka is a teacher of the art of Japanese flower arranging (ikebana). She has previously taught at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, AZ, and will soon offer a class at the University of New Mexico extension program in Albuquerque.

Mai Wakisaka
Mai Wakisaka, Ikebana arrangement
From Mai Wakisaki

 

About Molecule Design

Molecule embraces fresh ideas in contemporary industrial design in the area of home decor. Innovation that includes technological practices in the development of products that bring updated attitudes about space and objects of use is what keeps founder Adriana Siso going. Molecule is proud to be currently partnering with some of the best contemporary national, and international home decor design firms, as well as local award-winning product designers and artists. Sustainability is one of the areas of interest and ongoing explorations for Molecule, offering also products that are made from 100% recycled plastics, harvested woods, green foams, and recycled cottons. The store is located in Santa Fe, NM. Through the year Molecule organizes multiple product introductions and art and design events. Sign Up to our newsletter in order to keep up with our activities, and be the first to find out when we do sales, product intros, and many other events, http://www.molecule-design.com/#subscribe. If you are Trade, definitely sign up here http://www.molecule-design.com/trade-services-registration, to take advantage of trade benefits, we'd love to work with you.

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