Rosa - Art Exhibition - Michael Reid Gallery

Derek Henderson
Rosa

25 Nov - 1 Dec 2021

Derek Henderson + Simone Gooch

The still life floral arrangements that populate artist Derek Henderson and florist Simone Gooch’s collaborative book Rosa both expound and subvert the loaded historical and aesthetic potentials of its central subject matter, the rose. Having been commissioned by John Tebbs of Pleasure Garden magazine to visit Matthews Nurseries Ltd. – a multigenerational family rose farm in Whanganui, New Zealand, Derek and Simone were so taken by their experience that they returned the following year to select, cut and photograph the plethora of unique rose varieties that appear in the book. The results are quiet yet spectacular, poetic yet expressive, with Derek capturing Simone’s sculptural, unconventionally elegant floral signature with the kind of casual warmth and formalist precision that have come to define his photographic career. These works call to the classical and the contemporary in equal voice.

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You may purchase the book Rosa here.

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