Ginger Up cafe and juice bar, 449 Smithdown Road
26th May - 15th July 2006
I tipped myself into the juicy sanctuary expecting similar to Ben’s
recent exhibition in Patrick’s bar (scantily clad, big man portraiture).
I was wrong.
No rant about “inappropriate” art displayed in cafés
and restaurants, instead, a quick scan of the fruity-coloured café
revealed large images of small flowers!
- A buttercup, shot from beneath, the flower is enlarged and transparent
enough to view its pollen-bearing stamen through delicate yellow petals.
- An enlarged exposure of a white blossom: the flower revealed intricate
detail of dark pollen with rounded tips. Almost a negative image of snowfall.
- A corrugated rusty drum is tinged with moss, which features amid lush
greenery. All leaves, no visible blooms.
- White blossom concentrating on pollen stem tips.
- A tiny lilac flower, slightly distorted.
- A geranium: petals show their veins in a love-heart, vibrant-pink
- Six purple petals with a bulbous, grape-like centre. Lilac pollen
shoots are capped with yellow pollen, furry caterpillars. Symmetry in
- A white flower. The yellow pollen looks like it could be a hearty,
three-course-lunch for a bee.
- Tenuously linked: black tadpoles in a murky, ginger-coloured pond.
A slight reflection of the sky and leaves above on the water surface form
a letter ‘r’. Ah, indeed.
- A duplicate of the pink geranium, marginally off-centre.
- The white blossom, but with a seemingly unnatural backdrop.
- Green clusters of stars: all leaves, no flowers. This shows density,
shadow and light and extreme beauty. I can smell the vivid green of nature.
- A collector of the “three-course lunch” looks like it
may burp. Umbrella white flowers are offset against the sharp, rogue character
of the bee or wasp.
- A white bellflower with green, slicing-tall leaves is displayed.
This looks like it belongs on the IKEA brigade’s lounge walls.
- The flowers are plum-coloured and shrivelled. My gaze pans to southeast.
An accompaniment for the next . . .
- The same flower displaying exquisite reds, plums and pinks on its
petals in a rounded block-mosaic pattern. The central green stem isn’t
as sharp as the other colours.
- Tall stems are topped with purple clusters, perfectly contrasting
against blue sky. The flowers are to the right-hand-side of the frame.
- Three yellow flowers bow like suns. Ben has shown the perfection
of form and vibrancy here.
- Six stems in desperate need of deadheading. The brown, curled- over,
once flowers are set against a white background, which is topped by blending
blue. Hopeful new growth is emerging.
- A green woodland snapshot. Maybe this was the route, woodland-adventurer,
Ben Zuhlcke took? I hope his legs were covered (looks like he wandered
through some stinging nettles to peer into the pond).
- Some images were off-centre and the background often blurred. This
was a study to enlarge small nature. To anyone who visits the exhibition,
‘Pay grand attention to the smallest detail.’