from August 20 through September 24, 2021.
In This room needs flowers., Spencer Finch presents five intimate works that speak
poetically to the patience and persistence of the avid gardener. Employing watercolor,
woodblock and photography, Finch creates work that feels constructed of color, time,
light and air - recording and mimicking natural phenomena of falling leaves and cherry
blossoms, chronicling blooms and observing the subtleties of a day in the life of a
daisy. This room needs flowers. takes its name from a line in the poem Afterward by
Robert Dash’s close friend and collaborator James Schuyler. Spencer Finch is best known
for ethereal light installations that visualize his experience of natural phenomena. His
investigations into the nature of light, color, memory and perception manifest in
watercolors, drawings, video and photographs. Compelled by what he describes as ‘the
impossible desire to see oneself seeing’, Finch holds up an enchanting prism between
the outer world and inner thought.
Spencer Finch (born 1962, New Haven, Connecticut) has exhibited extensively in the US
and internationally. Recent major projects include Fifteen Stones (Ryoanji) at the
Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, Spain (2018); A Cloud Index, a site-specific
commission for Paddington Station in London (2018); and Trying To Remember the Color
of the Sky on That September Morning, for the 9/11 Memorial, New York, NY (2014). His
work can be found in collections including The Hirshhorn Museum, The National Gallery
of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Whitney Museum of American Art.
Spencer Finch lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
The MADOO Conservancy is dedicated to the study, preservation, and enhancement of
MADOO, the ever changing, horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures
established in 1967 by artist, gardener, and writer Robert Dash in the village of
Sagaponack, New York. At Madoo, a unique living tribute to the artistic imagination of its
founder, we seek to continually engage, educate, and inspire our visitors within this
entirely organic environment. The Madoo Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public