Part of the Pattern / Brooklyn - Iceland - Florida
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
Part of the Pattern
by Quimetta Perle
My hybrid forms synthesize digital media, fine art materials and traditionally feminine media such as sequins, beads and embroidery. I think of my work as particularly American, combining several art traditions, each with its own cultural history. I begin with watercolor fragments, drawings on paper, photographs and other objects, which are scanned into the computer. They are then altered and combined through digital imaging. Once printed, some stand alone and others become the basis of works on paper or canvas that are embellished and encrusted with sequined and beaded imagery. They also become the inspiration for artist's books, which combine text and image.
In this exhibition, women's faces and forms emerge from a background of layered patterns. Some confront the viewer, while others are part of the background pattern. I considered whether being part of the pattern was negative, or if it was a positive representation of living a well-integrated life. This issue became the focus of my artist's book, Part of the Pattern.
My work always contains decorative and fine art aspects; the sequins and beads join and complement the drawing and painting. Lost in Thought incorporates a decorative border that is at least as complex as the painted/printed subject. This piece is surrounded in the case by small works with elaborate, whimsical, three-dimensional frames of sequins on wire.
Though some of my subjects merge with the background, See Her Dance over the Flames is an instance where the subject has burst out of the background to dance on a tightrope.
Quimetta Perle currently works for HAI, where she coordinates artist residencies in New York City public schools, co-curates Outsider Art exhibitions and teaches in HAI's Saturday Art Studio. She has had solo exhibitions at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, SOHO20 Gallery in Chelsea (formerly in SoHo), Dance Theater Workshop Gallery in Chelsea and many other venues. She earned a M.F.A in Computer Arts from School of Visual Arts and a B.F.A. in Intermedia from Minneapolis Colleage of Art and Design.
by Andrew Zarou
My interest in the abstraction of meaning through coded information came into focus roughly a year ago when I re-discovered the numbers station radio signals from the Cold War era. For decades, covert intelligence agents used short wave radios to transmit messages internationally. As a teenager during the tail end of this era, I can recall listening, spellbound, to these signals on my short wave radio. The seemingly random, but repetitive, lists of numbers and odd tone sequences riveted me. I had no idea what they meant, and I wondered if I was doing something illegal by listening to these secret celestial transmissions. It was the very lack of meaning that kept me interested and gave resonance to my experience.
The work in this exhibition was created within the last year. These pieces contain pre-existing elements of my visual vocabulary, while at the same time incorporating highly localized and site-specific meditations on new environments.
Andrew Zarou is a freelance art installer. During the last year, he participated in two artist residency programs: The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM) in Reykjavik, Iceland, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He has exhibited his work at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, the Flat Files of the Pierogi Gallery in Williamsburg and on the Drawing Center's online Artist Registry. He earned a B.A. from Hampshire College.
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