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Paula Sengupta

Sarah Amos

Teresa Cole

Michele Elliot 'cell wall' 2011
silk velvet, cotton thread

Tanja Softic Augury 1, 2009, archival inkjet print, offset monotype

Pattern Matters

  Sarah Amos, Teresa Cole, Michele Elliot, Jimin Lee, Paula Sengupta , Tanja Softic


Building D, Level 1, Room 08



Pattern has emerged from the post-modernist era to become more than the sum of it's parts. Once considered frivolous Pattern can function to dismantle space, emphasis meaning, or explore repetition. These works occupy a realm that floats between representation and abstraction. Conversely it can provide tracings of past histories or mappings of time and place. It can define a new or implied space. Or the ordinary object can become pattern that emphasizes or questions routine. According to James Thrilling “Ornament frequently occupies a shadowy area between representation and abstract form.”

Pattern Matters is a six person exhibition that explores issues of pattern from diverse perspectives including the work of  Australian born artist Sarah Amos; New Orleans based  artist Teresa Cole,  Sydney based artist Michele Elliot, Korean born artist Jimin Lee, Kolkata based artist Paula Sengupta, and  Bosnian born artist Tanja Softic.

Pattern and ornament were frequently demonized in the 20th century; important individuals such as Austro-Hungarian architect Adolf Loos who called pattern a crime. As artists who acknowledge the complex layering of our world we can no longer marginalize these elements.  It is the goal for this exhibition to not only show the diversity of what is possible with pattern on a visual level but also to expand on the conceptual possibilities and bring pattern to the fore-front of contemporary discourse. 

Teresa Cole holds the Ellsworth Woodward Professorship in Art in the Newcomb Art Department, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.  She earned a BFA in fiber arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA and received much of her early printmaking education as a working member of Peacock Printmakers in Aberdeen, Scotland. She completed an MFA in printmaking from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA. Ms. Cole shows both nationally, as well as, internationally. She is represented by Gallery Bienvenu in New Orleans and White Space Gallery in Atlanta. Public collections include: The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; the Auckland Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand and the Frederick R. Weisman Collection, Los Angeles, CA.  Her recent visiting artist engagements were at: Hard Ground Printmakers in Cape Town, South Africa; CHHAPP, Vardodara, Gujarat, India; Frans Masereel Graphics Center in Kasterlee, Belgium and Khoj, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.




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