We live surrounded by a kaleidoscope of visual patterns—from the micro to the macro-cosmos in nature to man-made environments. We exist in a world in which everything is connected. The 12 artists, architects and composers in this exhibition relate to patterns in very unique and distinctive ways: whether they extrapolate natural patterns and integrate them in their art-making processes, or play with geometrical patterns, or yet create their own patterns inspired by existing man-made landscapes or by invented systems, they all offer us the opportunity to go beyond the pure aesthetic enjoyment of the artworks featured in the galleries, and reflect upon the patterns that served as their inspirations.
ArtCenter/South Florida’s new exhibition “Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior” opens June 5th at both its Richard Shack Gallery (800 Lincoln Road) and at Project 924 (located upstairs at 924 Lincoln Road) and will be on view from June 1-July 28, 2013. The opening reception is open to the public on Wednesday evening, June 5th from 6:00-10:00 p.m. (this is the first time ArtCenter has utilized both Lincoln Road spaces simultaneously).
ArtCenter has invited Ombretta Agró Andruff to curate this exhibition. She is an art visionary, originally from Italy who recently relocated from New York to Miami Beach. This is the first exhibition that Ms. Agró curates in Miami.
“Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior” is a sequel to her 2012 New York exhibition, “(Un) Folding Patterns.” The New York show focused on the relationship between mathematics and the visual arts. This sequel explores how creative minds interpret patterns across the artistic disciplines of the visual arts, sound and architecture.
For her debut exhibition in Miami, Ms. Agró conducted extensive studio visits throughout Miami during the past four months. Her goal was to bring together a collection of artists tied to local residency programs (including ArtCenter/South Florida, Fountainhead Residency and Studio Program, and the Deering Estate Residency Program).
Most of the artists in this show have ties to these residency programs (with the exception of MONAD Architects and Anne Spalter).
“Since our early childhoods, we all instinctively absorb and enjoy patterns through all of our senses, even via our thinking,” says Ms. Agró.
“We live our lives constantly surrounded by a kaleidoscope of patterns.
These artists, composers and architects relate to patterns in distinctive ways.Some extrapolate natural patterns, thereby integrating them into their process.
Other artists in this exhibition play with geometrical patterns, or create their own patterns inspired by man-made landscapes and invented systems.
The goal here is to transcend the aesthetic enjoyment of their artworks, and to experience the patterns that inspired them,” adds Agró.
About the artists:
Ramon Bofill (ArtCenter Resident Artist, Miami-based)
Themes of childhood, chaos and structure inform Bofill’s work of repurposed fabrics, traditional painting media, tapestry and sculpture. Bofill explores personal issues of identity and cultural heritage as well as themes of manual labor, aesthetics and social class. ramonbofill.com
George Goodridge (ArtCenter Resident Artist, Miami-based)
Goodridge examines the concrete world through the creation of new forms. Intentionally ambiguous, his three dimensional works are both figurative and abstract, blurring the lines between sculpture, painting, architecture and installation. georgegoodridge.com
Felice Grodin (Fountainhead Residency Alumna, Miami-based)
Grodin’s work is informed by her training as an architect and the natural and man-made disasters in the cities where she has lived (San Francisco, Miami, New Orleans, Venice and New York). By exploring through the grain, Grodin attempts to map trajectories. Her work posits a contemporary interpretation of the space we live in today – a contradictory world that is simultaneously global and territorial. felicegrodin.com
Peter Hammar (ArtCenter Alumnus, Miami-based)
Hammer’s work is in Flux and the status of the work is fragmented and dislocated, mixing found objects with traditional practices.
shaped collage canvases by Peter Hammar morph into hybrids in an attempt to re-address an ongoing query regarding the visually apparent and the embodied. peterhammar.com
MONAD Studio is a design research practice with focus on spatial perception related to rhythmic effect. For this exhibition MONAD has created a digital fabrication that echoes the multi-layered attachments found in the strangler fig trees’ root systems. monadstudio.net
Temisan Okpaku (Fountainhead Studios Resident, Miami-based)
Nomadic in nature, Temisan’s work is a response to our contemporary world of interrelations, superpositions and boundary transgressions. In this site-specific installation he surrounds us with patterns of energy created by stretched guitar strings that create geometric patterns of their own. temiokpaku.com
Founded by composers Gustavo Matamoros (ArtCenter Resident Artist) and Armando Rodriguez, PUNTO is an outlet for controlled experimentation with sound and other media. Its objectives are to set up sound-based situations that give way to the creation of new art forms. Matamoros curates ArtCenter’s sound art Listening Gallery, and is the Artistic Director of Miami’s Subtropics Art Sound + Experimental Music Festival.
Ryan Roa (Fountainhead Residency Artist, New York-based)
Ryan’s work consists of sculpture, installation and video. In this exhibition he creates one of his largest installations from the ‘Space Drawing’ series in which he draws a third-dimension by joining bungee cords anchored to the floor, ceiling and walls to create delicate patterns. ryanroa.com
Matt Sheridan (Fountainhead Residency Artist, Los Angeles-based)
Videos and paintings made concurrently are complementary in Sheridan’s practice. The paintings are hand-painted actions spliced together on canvases originating from film editing techniques. The “painting in motion” videos are projected onto architectural sites, exposing how bodies of information collide into selection, ideology, movement and lack. msheridanstudio.com
Anne Morgan Spalter (Rhode Island-based)
Spalter is an artist, author and educator with a long-standing goal of integrating art and technology and is recognized as a new media pioneer.
Traffic Circle is a series by Anne Morgan Spalter of geometric landscape video paintings generated from footage shot in traffic, high-rise apartments, airports, planes and the highway. annespalter.com
Alex Trimino (ArtCenter Alumna, Deering Estate Resident)
Trimino creates illuminated fiber-based sculptures and installations that re-contextualize lo-tech crafts, crochet, knitting and weavings while probing social views regarding civilization, technology and gender.
Sarah Walker (Fountainhead Residency Alumna, New York-based)
Structures found in technology, nature and architecture are the inspirations for Walker’s layered paintings. In each layer the artist insets delicate patterns, allowing spaces to emerge, transform and then decay, always leaving behind traces of residue in the final painting. sarahwalker.org
About the Curator:
Ombretta Agró Andruff is a Miami and New York-based freelance curator, consultant and writer originally from Italy. Since her move to the US in 1998 she has curated solo and group shows in Europe, the U.S. and India collaborating with museums, art festivals, commercial galleries and art fairs such as Artists Space, GAle GAtes et al., Queens Museum of Art, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Armory Show, Art Basel Miami Beach, The Downtown Arts Festival, D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival, Esso Gallery, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, 2006 Winter Olympic Games, and the Religare Arts Initiative.