Poetics of Pattern
July 25 - October 6, 2013
Language of Beauty and Meaning

Promotional exhibition postcard featuring colorful artwork
Image credit: Douglas Sanderson, Image Arabesque #01 (detail), 2010-2011, 79.75 x 36.25"

Curated by Janice Lessman-Moss, professor at Kent State University, the 13 artists in Poetics of Pattern explore the process of design-making through a variety of scales, media, forms and colors. Through their repetitive processes, we find a language of beauty and meaning that seeks to create order and connection in our increasingly complex lives.

Patterns have been used by artists as symbolism, metaphor and decorative embellishment throughout history. In Poetics of Pattern, the viewer will engage with geometric ornamentation, historical motifs, fabric constructions, ceramics, recycled materials and more though exciting works that relate the mesmerizing and often meditative facets of pattern to a contemporary audience.


Featured artists include Laurie Addis (Kent), Gianna Commito (Kent), Dragana Crnjak (Boardman), Nancy Crow (Baltimore), Kristine Donnell (Cincinnati), Robert Greyer (Bowling Green), Susan Li O’Conner (Columbus), Danielle Rante (Columbus), Judith Salomon (Shaker Heights), Douglas Sanderson (Cleveland Heights), Audra Skuodas (Oberlin), Casey Vogt (Akron), and Carly Witme (Pleasant Hill).

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