Dream Blossom XXVIII, 2023

$647.00

  • Edition of 10front
  • 19.2 x 24 in / 49 x 61 cm
  • Gicleé print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
  • Signed & numbered front and back
  • Certificate of authenticity
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As I waited under a tree one night
Waiting being the operative
Waiting waiting always waiting
And this fella he says to me
What about these meetings then
And I say yeah they good
But there is an exquisite beauty in
The pain of all this
Like stinging sex blossom
(To paraphrase the famous one,
patron saint of)
That cannot be underestimated
And when you there you really there
And it really is
Another world
And you wonder will you ever walk with
Normal folk again
Or if you even
Want to
And as you look up at the blossom overhead
A little flicker in the chest
The big joke
I always loved the flower burst
The rose in the stem
Life and death in one
That beautiful signal of success

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'McConnell’s flowers. Coloured shadows. Slippage. De-registration. Screaming colour. Narcissistic, posturing, pop star tight-balls-trousers colours. Synaesthesia colours and intimate human perfumes. Vertiginous planes of colour as seen by the industrious bee on his or her daily commute to the flower workplace. The engorged take-me-to-bed-and-fuck-me flower colours of sex. An explosion of petals in a Northern Ireland flower stall, many people brought to violent orgasm'

Neal Brown, The Meaning of Flowers, 2022

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‘Gareth McConnell’s recent projects are essays in youthful bodies, saturated colors, and floral forms. They resemble stills from a cult initiation ceremony, a psychedelic clinical trial, or a nudist photography club. Their unexplained nature is countered by a calibrated use of color, as if shade and tint, not form, unlock their meaning. McConnell’s handling of color pursues the hue of rave music culture as the distillation of late twentieth -century youth culture. It grinds down all kinds of disparate imagery that captures the glittering tail of burning brightly and recalls the phosphorescent smears of disco lights across bodies. McConnell’s work recaptures the flashes of Dave Swindells’s snapshots from 1990s London nightclubs; the use of paused frames in Mark Leckey’s film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999); the intense colour of Andy Bettles’s mid-1980s cross-process fashion editorials published in The Face magazine or Mark LeBon’s double-exposure portraits for i-D magazine at the same time; the Super-8 footage of Derek Jarman’s flower beds on Dungeness Beach filmed at night in The Garden (1990).’

Alistair O’Neill, Aperture 241, 2020

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‘There is a cultish pandering involved that implores a state of colorful mysticism and regulates against the cold and rampant imagery being pumped out of the academies at present. Gareth is a magician to some degree, an 8th degree master of the church of psychedelic abstraction and I consider his invocations as praise-worthy. I am reminded historically of a lens magician named William Mortensen whose work functioned through cinematic pictorialism with an emphasis that oscillated between the grand and the grotesque – a chemical halo of an auratic Los Angeles situated stage left at an imagined Grand Guignol. Though Gareth’s work is not grotesque by means, it does carry about it an air of paganism and a devotion to alternatives. The Dream Meadow is one of his finest works to date and I count myself as a follower.’

Brad Feuerhelm, American Suburbs X, 2019

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