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Pattern: found, exchanged, unraveled

Curated by Laura Waite & Nicola Pearce
Submission deadline has now passed.

In visual terms pattern traditionally infers ideas of decoration - marks, lines, dashes and dots. In practice pattern is usually a set of instructions to be followed. Day to day you find patterns by chance, in behavior; breaths, wakeup times or work routes. This exhibition will explore the boundary of what pattern is - the way patterns are made, produced, found and pulled apart.

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Does pattern have to be flat? 

Artist Kate MccGwire, drawing, graphite on paper [above]

Artist Kate MccGwire, Corvid (2011), installation with Crow and Jackdaw feathers.



Can pattern be irregular?

Nicola Pearce, Flats (2015)



1. Made up of unequal parts, unbalanced in shape or arrangement.

Uneven, misshapen, twisted.

2. Contrary to the rules, out of order or sequence.

An interruption, a change in direction, a step out of time.


Pattern: Regular? 

Eva Hesse, Untitled [detail], 1967, drawing on paper



1. Put together in a consistent way, with the same space between.

Ordered, methodical, structured.


2. Reoccuring at the same time, or one after the other, at uniform distances apart.  

Unchanging, fixed, even.


Pattern: Exchanged

Maura Zukina and Nicola Pearce, Soup (2013)



1. To exchange can be an act of giving one thing and receiving another in return;

people brought along one raw ingredient and in return were given a soup made from the food exchanged.

2. But in another way an exchange can be a short conversation or an argument;

the folk story of the ‘Stone Soup’ was told during the meal.



Laura Waite, Membrane I, II (2012)



2. Give something a form based on the pattern of something else.