Bringing together five artists with a love of shapes in general and patterns in particular, The Fabric of Space illustrates the tactile, physical response of the Arts to Geometry.
These artists' mediums range from oil paint to space-dyed wool, but each artist has a close affinity to color, pattern, and geometric organization. Bowers finds that geometric patterns offer a kind of comfort and aesthetic pleasure, while expressing her awe for the complex and subtle order of the natural world. Gina Borg's geometric paintings incorporate a softness and a subtlety which, ironically, add to the power of her aesthetic. According to the artist, the works are actually "process-driven experiments in color, light, and the power of incremental change."
While Rachel Duvall's textiles appear quite simple at first glance, her artwork is deeply rooted in geometric concerns, specifically the grid pattern. "The structure of a weaving is inherently tied to a grid created by warp and weft intersecting," explains Duvall. "Through this process I have developed an abstract language of shapes."
Victoria Wagner's work is informed by her time spent both in San Francisco, where she teaches at the California College of Art, and in Sonoma County, where she lives. This divide between two disparate place, "one of which is urban, conceptual, mental and the other...rural, physical, tangible" undoubtedly contributes to her desire to "problem solve" through such issues as composition and color choice until "all parts of the whole felt attended to."
Ali Swearingen's work often includes aviary themes, with a myriad of birds making up intense textural and color patterns. She draws from her training as a marine biologist and science illustrator to reflect upon technical mastery and resilience of the natural world. While not specifically geometric in theme, the overall patterning effect suggests a type of algorithmic layering.
Combining visual geometric patterns with a hand-made and hand-drawn aesthetic, The Fabric of Space exhibit attempts to provide a bridge between the scientific and the expressive, the mathematical and the poetic.