After Decay

April 19th 2019

6:30 pm—9:00 pm

For the final show at 1288 15th Avenue before extensive renovations, Problem Library has invited Erin Miller of The Floral Times to create an installation. Before beginning construction, we wish to invite the community into the space to celebrate its transition into something new. Problem Library will present plans to renovate and expand the space after the February 13th flood.

Flowers are revered for their captivating colors, intoxicating smells, and the hope embodied in their blooming. These characteristics of youthful beauty are paramount, and our fascination wanes as the natural cycle of decay becomes visible until, finally, we discard the plant, its presence now a reminder of the cycle of decay we all go through.

After Decay explores how we can refuse to accept decay as an ending and instead see it as the pathway to a new beginning. The exhibition uses a wide range of plants in varying stages of decay to explore new ways of moving with these objects of beauty. From foraged to picked flowers and plants, After Decay shines light on the ruinous cycles of life while pointing towards a deep appreciation for embracing decay as the soil of a brighter future.

Erin Miller has built a floral practice, The Floral Times, designing remarkable arrangements for weddings and events with an eye towards romanticism and color. For After Decay, Miller is looking at new ways to work in her medium, by exploring the usually hidden side of flora. She is particularly interested in how to use what is normally discarded, embracing change in all its forms.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday April 19th at 6:30pm. Problem Library renovation plans will be at 7pm with drinks and light refreshments to follow.

Don’t forget to bring your bouquets of dried flowers to add them to the installation!