Fort Makers 

The Planter Show


September 25 – November 19, 2020


Fort Makers is pleased to present The Planter Show, a group exhibition of sculptural planters, flower pots, and abstract containers in which plant life can grow, created by 40 contemporary artists and designers. Featuring over 40 works, the exhibition stems from humanity’s enduring effort to establish meaningful, nondestructive relationships with the natural world, and examines the power of the vessel as a sacred container and conceptual metaphor.


For The Planter Show, Fort Makers invited artists to mine various traditions and anomalies—from pre-Columbian Mesoamerican pottery to the more contemporary Chia Pet—and create sculptures that hold and sustain plant life. Each sculpture is approached holistically so that the planters and their corresponding plants compliment and complete each other—one part finite, the other living, wild and ever-changing. “As many artists have historically toyed with chance in their art-making, artists here add life as an unpredictable element in their work,” says Fort Makers Co-Founder and Creative Director Nana Spears. All sculptures will hold plants sourced in partnership with neighboring nursery and gardening store, Dahing Plants. The plants will be cared for by local plant doctor and consultant Maryah Greene, who will additionally host a virtual “Planting 101” workshop at Fort Makers.


“The exhibition is grounded in the personification of the vessel and the life form it houses as a single entity. Each planter is an idolized expression of our love for nature, and becomes a unique face with a tidy haircut or a wild beast with an unruly mane,” Spears continues. “Earlier this year, as we retreated into the privacy of our homes, many found themselves alienated from nature and newly tethered to domestic space. In our moment of seclusion, our plant collections become landscapes—each fern, palm, and succulent a sacred intermediary to the outside world.”


“A symbiotic relationship forms,” says Fort Makers Co-Founder Noah Spencer. “The plants purify the air, alleviate stress, and provide a mental escape, while we care for them, water them, and prune them. We may even sing to our plants, animate them, and consider them companions or friends.”


Participating artists include Simone Bodmer-TurnerBNAG (Oliver-Selim Boualam & Lukas Marstaller)Body Language Shop (Jackie Zdrojeski)Emilia BrintnallMyagmarsuren BrownLaura ChautinNicole CherubiniNaomi ClarkLauren ElderFuture Retrieval (Katie Parker & Guy Michael Davis)Joanne GreenbaumPaula GreifSamuel HarveyCody HoytElisabeth KleyJanie KornJessi LiRebecca MorganHarry NurievWilliam J. O’BrienDiego OliveroScott ReederTamika RiveraDidi RojasBruce M. ShermanKeith SimpsonFarrah Sit & Joel SeigleNoah SpencerJoe SturmShino TakedaAstrid TerrazasTrish TillmanUno+Ichi (Hana Ward)Kukuli Velarde & Doug HerrenIvy Weinglass, and Arnie Zimmerman.