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Plant 26 – Box Framed Botanical Cutout, Vintage Centerfold | Wall Hangings by Paolo Giardi
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Plant 26 – Box Framed Botanical Cutout, Vintage Centerfold | Wall Hangings by Paolo Giardi
Plant 26 – Box Framed Botanical Cutout, Vintage Centerfold | Wall Hangings by Paolo Giardi
Plant 26 – Box Framed Botanical Cutout, Vintage Centerfold | Wall Hangings by Paolo Giardi
Plant 26 – Box Framed Botanical Cutout, Vintage Centerfold | Wall Hangings by Paolo Giardi
Plant 26 – Box Framed Botanical Cutout, Vintage Centerfold | Wall Hangings by Paolo Giardi
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Plant 26 – Box Framed Botanical Cutout, Vintage Centerfold | Wall Hangings by Paolo Giardi

Plant 26 – Box Framed Botanical Cutout, Vintage Centerfold - Wall Hangings

Price $2,100

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24H x 16W x 2D in2800 g

One of a Kind item
YOU CAN LEARN A LOT OF THINGS FROM THE FLOWERS
Plant XXVI - Andropogon distachyos L.
Playmen - La Playgirl di Luglio
2011

16"W x 24"H x 2"D (40.5cm x 61cm x 5cm)

From a series of 99 unique artworks. Main image features a curated selection of multiple artworks, each artwork sold separately.

Hand cut botanical silhouette from vintage adult magazine centerfold, pinned using insect pins mounted on Somerset acid free paper embossed with artist stamp.

Handmade wood box frame with glass using Filmoplast T Black book binding cloth tape and metal ring ready for wall hanging.

Signed label with artwork details on back of frame.

Care instructions: clean with delicate care, avoid wet products on cloth tape.

The project ‘You Can Learn a Lot of Things From the Flowers’ brings back to light a forgotten collection of preserved plant specimens that was once assembled by a passionate botanist.

Created within the interception and disjunctions of the plant silhouette, the vintage adult centrefolds, which were once the recipient of the voyeur’s gaze, has now become a specimen to be studied and analysed. The male sexual projections and stereotypes are mediated and mitigated by the transformation. The plant and the object of desire: the two things brought together are equal. The botanist becomes the voyeur and vice-versa.

In an attempt of preserving cultural resources the artist is adopting, not only the fictitious role of the botanist, but also of the role of the conservationist concerned with the re-materialisation of an appropriated image and concept.

The title of the series is borrowed from the lyrics of ‘All In the Golden Afternoon’ - the scene of the talking flowers- in Disney’s 1951 ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The project is also a tribute to the wonderful and evocative world created by Marcel Proust in his ode to youth in ‘A l’Ombre des Jeunes Filles en Fleur’.

Artwork already framed in hand made box frame. Artwork shipped from London, UK, inquire for shipping cost.

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Item Plant 26 – Box Framed Botanical Cutout, Vintage Centerfold
Created by Paolo Giardi
As seen in Private Residence, London, United Kingdom
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Paolo Giardi
Meet the Creator
Wescover creator since 2021
Paolo Giardi works across a variety of disciplines producing art that explores the technique of the collage and its applications. This has led to a fascination with, and exploration of, the languages of appropriation, citation and adaptation. As part of his practice the artist has been collecting found material and tear sheets from all sorts of publications for many years. Through the exercise of association, he simultaneously attempts to manipulate and transport existing images out of their original context, blurring the experiences of memory and perception.

Paolo Giardi, born 1964 in Florence, studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. Lives and works in London.

Paolo Giardi has never been an artist who paints exclusively; his background is also that of a window dresser, illustrator, retail designer and print maker. All these layers are clearly visible in his work. The sense of displacement generated by a combination of different and yet vaguely familiar idioms, recognisable imagery and more graphic and abstract elements evoke the nature of a forgotten or distant memory. What lay before our eyes becomes a hieroglyph to be deciphered. Such imagery could be at once seducing, amusing or alarming to the viewer.

Recent exhibitions includes 2021 'The Botanist' (Flora Chimera) – Collier Webb, Pimlico Road, London; 2017 Gallery Weekend Berlin - Room Capacity, Berlin; 2017 YIA Art Fair #9 - Less is More Projects, Le Square Meeting Center, Brussels; 2015 Art on Paper Art Fair - Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Pier 36, New York City; 2015 'Things We Didn’t Have Before' - Pump House Gallery, London; 2014 'The Botanist' (You Can Learn a Lot of Things From the Flowers) - Less is More Projects, Paris