If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Melissa Eder‘s psychedelic still lifes will give you plenty to look at. Can You Dig It? / A Chromatic Series of Floral Arrangements was created from items Eder purchased in various 99 cent stores across New York City and New Jersey. Backdrops are made out of polyester spandex and shot with a low tech camera and rudimentary lighting. The images are visually overwhelming, the kaliedascope of colors bleeding into one another in a hallucinogenic spray of artificial blossoms. All challenge notions of what’s tasteful and what’s tacky. A strange medley of color and texture, each still life explores concepts of low versus high art and the idea of a “well-crafted” photograph.
Several images from the series are currently showing in the group exhibition In Full Swing, on disply at the Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, New Jersey until June 30th.