Chris Wolston at the Hotel Bel-Air

Chris Wolston October 25 - November 30, 2023

Chris Wolston at Hotel Bel-Air is the artist’s fifth solo exhibition and follows the artist’s exhibitions at The Future Perfect: Flower Power (2023) and Forbidden Fruit (2019) in New York and Temperature’s Rising, 2021 in Los Angeles. The exhibition includes a series of terracotta planter chairs never before exhibited in Los Angeles, populated with flora found within the Hotel Bel-Air’s garden. Drawing inspiration from Wolston’s adopted home of Medellín, Colombia, this body of work continues the artist’s material explorations of terracotta. Combining form and function, the exhibited objects investigate techniques endemic to the country as well as celebrate the cultural significance of the flower globally and Colombia’s status as the floral capital of the Americas. A number of featured artworks include casts of tropical flora and fauna against the cultivated landscape of the Hotel Bel-Air, reinforcing the practice of planting and cutting flowers to express joy, love, remembrance, and romance across cultures. This exhibition also draws from masonry techniques utilized by bricklayers in buildings throughout Colombia as gestural designs, integrated within their unique environment at the iconic Hotel Bel-Air. The show features a new collection of terracotta chairs and two of Wolston’s renowned Nalgona series, among other never-before-seen artworks. The artist’s presentation at Hotel Bel-Air continues his exploration of craft traditions, materiality, and symbolism.

Experience the exhibition at the Hotel Bel Air. On view at the Hotel Bel-Air October 25, 2023 – February 15, 2024. Works are available for sale through Hedges Projects.

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