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Ceramics can be more than just a decorated plate or vase and Molly Hatch’s installations are fine examples of contemporary decoration. Taking inspiration from historical trends in ceramic and fabric design Hatch mixes things up, playing with scale and creating detail that becomes part of a bigger picture. Hatch’s work has a strong drawing style with a whimsical feel which translates well to fabric and other areas of surface design, she has produced some fabulous tableware for Anthropologie and stunning limited edition pieces for the V&A. Check out more of her great style at mollyhatch.com and her blog here.

 

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The patternbank Team thought we would share the installation work of Cameron Gray which exhibited back in 2013 at the Miami Art Fair, presented by the Mike Wiess Gallery, Gray exhibited “Birth of a Legend”, an explosive riot of neon colour, state-of-the-art digital technology and hypnotic kitsch. The installation featured 27 stacked monitors looping a digital animation amongst other sculptures made of unrelated bric-a-brac and bursting with colour. Make of it what you will but we just love the sense of humour and chaos that collide to make these mind blowing images.

 

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American ceramic artist Nathan Craven constructs these beautiful installations using ceramics and his own version of bricks, defining space in ways that determine our interactions with architecture and volume. Craven constructs walls and floors that draw your attention to spaces that would otherwise go unnoticed and interaction is essential. Like cosmic puzzles these patterns fit together and transform the spaces they incorporate. Check out more of his captivating artwork and the process involved at nathancraven.com

 

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Kjell Varvin constructs installations from a variety of objects in the corner of his studio which you can see on his blog here. The simplicity of shapes and colours are transformed when he superimposes photos of the sculptures to create the Digital Prints shown here. Varvin likes to think we should view with an open mind and let our eyes wander through the elements without generating associations or ideas to those objects. “I am mostly using neutral elements based on geometry, resulting in images that do not contain much symbolism. Of course, a disc may give ideas of the sun or the moon, and a rectangle could refer to architecture, but that depends on where they are placed in the composition.” Varvin is based in Hoevik, Norway you can see more of his prints at digitprints.blogspot.de

 

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‘Black pattern watercolours’ are the mixed media exploration of physical pattern boundaries by Seattle based artist Julie Alpert. Patternbank are loving Julie’s playful studies of individual pattern and the relationship between their outer boundaries. Mixing watercolour, ink and permanent marker these beautifully created works are of great inspiration. If you happen to be in Seattle over the next couple of days we recommend dropping by Soil Art gallery where Julie is exhibiting until the 27th April.

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El Anatsui’s amazing installations and wall sculptures need to be seen to be believed. Using thousands of aluminium bottle tops and other found materials such as wood and clay he moulds and shapes these magnificent pieces. Like vast folded, sculpted and pieced together fabrics that shimmer and sparkle, they tell cultural and economic stories of their past use. Gravity and Grace : Monumental Works by El Anatsui is his first solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, showing Until August 4th, 2013. Definitely a must see!

 

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Chris Dorosz takes thousands of staples and arranges them onto a blank canvas pouring paint into each compartment, the result is a picture formed of pixellated pattern and colour. To appreciate fully the viewer needs to stand back to see the figures that begin to emerge. Patience and precision must be Dorosz’s thing when you see the intricate sculptures and installations he creates. Drops of paint are trapped within clear plastic rods and suspended on fine pieces of filament, the effect is quite something. Chris Dorosz is from San Franscisco, CA and graduated with an MFA from the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design. You can see more of his cool installations at chrisdorosz.com.

 

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José Lerma creates a mixture of paintings and intricate installations combining non-traditional materials from reflective fabrics, commercial carpet, thickly applied paint and biro pen. In this he makes reference to his own personal history and academic knowledge of social history, law and art. Some of these images feature Baroque style portraits of historical, famous French Bankers from 18th Century sporting over-exaggerrated sketchy, doodle wigs with distorted and blank faces. The scale of the installation pieces has great effect where the viewer can walk over and examine at detail. Lerma says, ” I like the thought of people walking over my ideas, convoluted and preliminary as they often are, and examining and stepping over an intimate space while simultaneously feeling small.” You can see more of is highly spell bounding work at joselerma.com  and on flickr

 

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Susanna Starr uses a range of material to create delicate sculptures that play with scale and pattern. Starr’s practice employs a talent for translating materials in unexpected ways with the use of painted, cut and layered mylar, to delicate wall works of wood veneer with designs meticulously cut out. Starr’s exhibition earlier this year at the Marcia Wood Gallery, “Psychedelicate”, was an explosion of pattern and colour in the neon coloured works suspended ceiling to floor as well as hanging in multiple layers on the wall. With Crafted lace looks being an important trend for next season, we here at Patternbank love Starr’s way of contradicting materials with imagery.

 

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We love these incredible Installations by Mexican born Gabriel Dawe. The colours and tones have a strong Ombre feel which we are loving at the moment with strong and vivid saturated colour mixes, blurred and translucent layered effects which subtely shift as you walk around them. From Gabriel’s bio page “In search for creative freedom he started experimenting and creating artwork, which eventually led him to explore textiles and embroidery—activities traditionally associated with women and which were forbidden for a boy growing up in Mexico. Because of this, his work is subversive of notions of masculinity and machismo that are so ingrained in his culture. By working with thread and textiles, Dawe’s work has evolved into creating large-scale installations with thread, creating environments that deal with notions of social constructions and their relation to evolutionary theory and the self-organizing force of nature.” Check out more at gabrieldawe.com

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