From now through September 7, 2011, Candy Store Grid, an installation of more than 100 12″ x 12″ brightly colored paintings by Bridgette Bogle are on display in the Port Columbus Gateway to The Arts, an exhibition space at Ohio’s Port Columbus International Airport.
According to Bogle, the water-soluble oil paintings are loosely inspired by the bright, bold designs found on Victoria’s Secret flannel pajamas.
“I received the holiday catalog in the mail and each page exploded with color and choice. The pages I fixated on were covered in a diversity of options for flannel pajamas – pink plaid, green stars, big dots, small dots, stripes and hearts. Every hue was represented in a bold cacophony of color and pattern. I was taken in by abundance and wanted to own every style; it was a case of sensory overload,” explained Bogle. “Painting these patterns was a way to purge myself of the desire to own everything, to consume beyond my means, to eat up the entire world. They allowed me to celebrate the boundless choices I saw without having to buy them.”
If you have an extra moment, take a look at Bogle’s blog, which includes a fun account the time spent installing the work at the airport:
“At least ten people asked some variation of which kids / schools made the artwork we were hanging. One woman was even disbelieving when I said it wasn’t kids’ work……”