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The Language of Patterns

Two of my pieces, Composite II and Postive Feedback, were selected for this show.

Safe Harbors Ann Street Gallery presents:
of Patterns
A Group Exhibition
Playing Card Mandala by Eleanor White
The Safe Harbors Ann Street Gallery’s newest exhibition, Language of Patterns, opens with an Artist Reception on Saturday, July 16, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
The Language of Patterns exhibition brings together fifteen divergent artists, showcasing varied media and works that highlight the endless possibilities of creating visual sequences while fashioning a language that arises from these timeless forms called patterns.
Throughout history, patterns have played a key role in creating and art. We find examples of pattern designs being used in the earliest pottery and textiles; the architectural ornamentation of Islamic architecture; Medieval illuminated texts, and in the works of the great nineteen century decorative painter – Gustav Klimt.
In the mid-1970’s, we saw the development of the Pattern and Decoration movement, which provided artists like Joyce Kozloff and Judith Pfaff, creative alternatives to the austere aesthetic of Minimalism and Conceptualism. In today’s contemporary art, artists continue to turn to pattern designs as a language for artistic expression, while blurring the line between high and low art; as exemplified in the vibrant and heavily decorative patterned works of Kehinde Wiley.
The artists in this exhibition are part of this tradition. In each work, these artists are making use of pattern designs through gestural lines; colours; repeating designs, fiber and textures, and have developed their own language of patterns to express the way they think, see, and experience space.
Regardless of their approach or materials, these artists as a whole are utilizing patterns as a formal element of art, producing works of visual splendor whilst pushing the boundaries of their subject or concept.
Artist featured: Michelle Benoit, Jaynie Gillman Crimmins, Robyn Ellenbogen, Kathy Goodell, Theresa Gooby, Sarah Hulsey, Minhee Kang, Susan Knight, Jaanika Peena, Linda Schmidt, Ashley Shellhause, Greg Slick, Jeanne Tremel, Bart Vargas and Eleanor White.
This exhibit was curated by Virginia Walsh and will be on view through Saturday, August 20th.
Gallery Hours
Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 – 5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Last Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
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The gallery is located at 104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY.
Safe Harbors of the Hudson is a large scale, non-profit re-development project in the City of Newburgh with the mission of transforming lives and building community through housing and the arts. The Safe Harbors project includes the Cornerstone Residence, supportive housing for 128 of our neighbors; the Lobby at the Ritz, our performing arts venue; the Ann Street Gallery, our contemporary visual arts venue and the historic Ritz Theater, which Safe Harbors is committed to restoring into a large scale performance space for the community.
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The results are in

At the moment, everything I’ve started is dry. Here’s how they turned out so far. This:In Progress 6Turned into this:UnfurlingThe green that leaked into my orange changed the direction of the painting entirely. The colors are much more complicated that my original plan, but I think I like them better this way. And I have more canvas; I can always try again.

This:In Progress 5Turned into this:SuspensionI didn’t realize how much this one changed until I looked at them like this. It was a lot less chaotic when I first painted it. The yellow disappeared almost completely, but I like the texture it picked up.

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This is what happens when I think I know what I’m doing. I have all these new canvases and ideas, so I thought, sure, I can work on two paintings at once. And that’s how green gets into my orange. At first I was disappointed. This one was supposed to start yellow in the center, then go through orange and red and finally black at the edges. But then I remembered that I like weird, gross colors. So I guess I’ll see where this one goes!In Progress 6

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First New Piece of 2016

I just finished my first piece for 2016. It’s a small 6″ x 6″ encaustic piece. Now I just have to figure out what to title it.Artifacts I

This one might be done, too. It’s another encaustic piece, 6″ x 12″. I’m on the fence about it. I think it’s going to spend some time like this while I work on other pieces. I may go back into it.

Artifacts II

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Appaloosa series commission

Towards the end of 2015 Art Design Consultants, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, bought one of the paintings from my appaloosa series and commissioned another for a corporate project. Their client was PricewaterhouseCoopers in Columbus, Ohio.

They purchased ScSSc+ SdS_ SvS_ No. 1Scs Sds Svs 1

and commissioned ScSScS SdS_ SnS_ No. 1.

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Here they are installed.

Andy Spessard Photography

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