Pauline & Chip Flynn
September 18-October 20, 2015

Trinosophes presents an exhibition of sculpture by mother and son duo Pauline and Chip Flynn. Chip Flynn is a machinist, welder, fabricator, and multimedia artist, who has presented projects at festivals and galleries worldwide, and has worked on special effects for major motion pictures. He spent more than a decade in San Francisco with performance artist and inventor Mark Pauline at Survival Research Laboratories. In 2002, he established the machine shop and multidisciplinary studio Destroy Compound in Detroit. The space now serves as home base for the electromechanical art collective Apetechnology, which he founded in 2010 with Leith Campbell and Brad Ballard.

For more than 20 years, Chip has also collaborated with his mother, noted floral designer Pauline Flynn, on elaborate organic sculptures. Chip creates metal structures that form the foundation and serve as inspiration for Pauline’s intricate and imaginative contemporary designs.

Pauline is an active member of five design guilds across the country. She is an accredited Master Flower Show Judge for National Garden Clubs Inc., who has led classes, workshops and presentations throughout the United States and Canada. She has received numerous awards, including the international floral competition for the World Association of Flower Arrangers (WAFA) in Chicago, the WAFA World Flower Show in Boston, and Canada Blooms in Toronto. Their work has formed a following that spans the continent. The designs have been published in Art in Bloom by Victoria Jane Ream, as well as Design Dimensions, a magazine of the Creative Floral Arrangers of the Americas, and the World Association of Flower Arrangers’ book, Flower Arranging the American Way.

This exhibition at Trinosophes represents the first time the sculptures will be shown in Detroit. All proceeds from the sale of the artworks support Apetechnology’s matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s 2014 Knight Arts Challenge.