May 17th 2019

Morgan Janssen: The Fang and Frond

@ baby blue gallery

2201 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Friday, May 17th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Sunday, June 16th

Baby Blue Gallery is excited to announce the opening of The Fang and Frond, an exhibition by Morgan Janssen, based on the ornamentation of natural imagery through artificial light. Her work examines tropical imagery and packaged paradises through analysis of artificial objects sold commercially. Exotic plants, animal busts, and bright color pallets are common sources of inspiration. These tropical icons, often thought of as exotic, function as decor & extracted ideals for homes. The exhibition examines the nuance of the concept of paradise through remnants of natural elements, as the plastics and rubbers of the faux tropical outlast their natural counterparts. The work challenges the concept and meaning of exoticizing a paradise to achieve a better sense of well-being.

Morgan received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is a former graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design. Common themes in her work deal with representations of nature using artificial materials and working with packaged paradises as advertisements. She has exhibited work in Miami Basel, Mercedes Benz Financial Services, and locally in Sarasota. Currently, Morgan remains connected within the Sarasota community as an independent sculptor and an instructor with State College of Florida.

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