Carol Bove is known for her simple yet intricate assemblages of found and made objects. Carefully arranged on pedestals, elevated platforms, or directly against walls and ceilings, these yield unexpected poetic and multi-layered meanings which seem to derive from the composition of the objects rather than the substance of the individual components. ‘Flora’s Garden I’ formed part of Bove’s contribution to dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012, in which individual objects were arranged together in a sequence inspired by the
organizational layout of Kassel’s Orangerie garden. Comprising a large piece of petrified wood arranged on an I-beam, its material is vaguely reminiscent of African masks or Modernist art objects, and its tall shape has a personifying, if also supernatural effect. The uncertain origins of the petrified wood convey a sense of mystery.
Flora’s Garden I, 2012
Petrified wood and steel | Height: 367.7 cm
Courtesy of Maccarone, New York and David Zwirner, New York/London
© Carol Bove
David Zwirner | K18