(American, b. 1970; resides in Chicago, IL)
There is a long tradition of floral depictions throughout art history and Doug Fogelson’s series Potpourri (2012) is both inspired by and a recent incarnation of that narrative. Fogelson focuses on the cultivation of commercially sold flowers and their role in contemporary culture, producing images that are lush, vibrant, and colorful. Fogelson questions why, in an effort to appreciate the beauty of nature, there is an industry that mass-produces, cuts, and distributes flowers in such an unsustainable way. Each composition is created and altered by hand in the color darkroom, using experimental techniques with bleach and floral “pressings” on large format film. The resulting works are complex and layered, calling attention to the notion of using the often-exotic blooms decoratively and as gifts amid an environment in crisis.
Fogelson completed a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994). His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL (2012); KEPCO Art Center, Seoul, Korea (2010); Palm Springs Art Museums, Palm Springs, CA (2007); and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2005). Fogelson’s work is held in private and public collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Palm Spring Art Museum and the Elmhurst Art Museum. Fogelson has completed a number of public art commissions around Chicago that can be seen on the Daley Plaza Pedway and at the Wicker Park Library among others. He is founder and director of Front Forty Press, a fine art publishing company.