In my last blog I talked about Florence Knoll and her significance in the world of Mid Century Modern furniture and design. This time I’m reflecting on poetry and its significance on me and on the work of our featured artist, Angela Lexow.
As for me, the biggest inspiration in my life was my mom. She was the kindest most loving mom anyone could ask for plus she LOVED poetry, wrote poetry and lived poetry. Her gentleness was shown in the way she “taught” my sisters and me life lessons and how to behave properly. When we did something of which she did not approve or if something happened in our life to make us sad or disappointed, out came her favorite poem book and she would find lines in one of her beloved poems that fit our transgression or situation. We then would have to memorize those lines. You would think it would have made us hate poetry but quite the opposite. We all love it and cherish it as we loved, cherished and adored our mother. I’ve tried to pass on her legacy because I love poetry. I also love art. So when approached to show Angela’s art that was inspired by poetry, I jumped at the chance.
Angela’s art does not stray far from the subject of Florence Knoll, who happens to be one of my favorite furniture designers. Her work echoes the design ethics Florence applied to her work from her study with Bauhaus School founder Walter Gropius. Angela’s use of wide swaths of bold primary colors and lyrical abstraction blend beautifully with the Mid Century Modern furnishings Florence so loved. And all this was inspired by the beautiful words written in poem form. When reading the poem and looking at Angela’s work you get a glimpse into Angela’s head and heart and I believe into that of Florence…and maybe my mother.
Come see the Poetry to Art exhibit which is fast approaching its final 15 days here at Warehouse 414 and be inspired yourself!