CATALOGUING PATTERN Now On View Through 8/31 at SPACE
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the visual art exhibition Cataloguing Pattern, a collaborative meditation on the role of pattern in artistic practice. The exhibition is on view through August 31, 2014, at SPACE.
The exhibition, guest organized by Kristen Letts Kovak, investigates the links between visual, perceptual, and cognitive patterning, and it features more than 50 artworks by nine artists. Each artist chose one aspect of patterning to investigate: seriality, rhythm, rehearsal, behavior, permutation, morphology, expectation, and repetition.
Kovak's exhibition explores the diverse role that patterning can play, noting that the process of creation often follows a pattern itself: intention, execution, and then resolution. Yet, even this pattern falls apart as the artists' original intention inevitably shifts.
"We constantly break our own patterns as we investigate them more deeply and uncover our faulty assumptions," says Kovak. "I wondered, if the cycle of establishing and breaking patterns is fundamental to the act of making art, wouldn't it appear as an underlying theme in seemingly disparate artworks?"
Each artist-through differing aesthetics, media, and content-finds his or her own balance between ordered predictability and the irregular or unknown. As a group, the artists demonstrate that breaking a predicted pattern is more significant than establishing one, and they use pattern to reveal what is otherwise hidden.
Salinda Deery transcribes the repetitive motions of factory labor into abstract paintings. She treats her large canvases like an assembly line, repeating her marks as she walks alongside the surface. The resulting paintings resonate with the history of her movements and call attention to the interruptions in her routine. She resides in Elkhart, MD.
Aaron Henderson and Ted Coffey collaborate on a series of kaleidoscopic videos. Beginning with documentation of military drills and shopping riots, they transform repeated acts of aggression into morphing visual and auditory patterns. Their work vacillates between representation and abstraction, and chaos and order. Henderson resides in Pittsburgh, PA, and Ted Coffey lives in Charlottesville, VA.