Online Exhibition: Patterns Never Cry, Selected By Amy Spencer//

About the exhibition

Patterns are a way to create order from chaos. But patterns can also grow, shrink, move, blend and break. This exhibition brings together works that use pattern and repetition to make sense of the world in ways that do not necessarily show it as organized and regulated.

The title for this exhibition is taken from a lyric by Devo, “You can rearrange the patterns so unkind / Don’t bother asking why a pattern never cries.” If patterns are templates through which we experience the world, then the artists in this exhibition share a delight in blurring the lines between organizing visual surfaces while also challenging the authority of them.

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