Patterns and Beyond

Patterns inside and out...
Inside and out.

The last few months have been a whirlwind.  As my routine starts to settle back to “normal,” it feels different this new reality.  Tying up loose ends and building the framework for fresh beginnings, another chapter in life has emerged.  I feel positive and open to the acceptance of its challenges and rewards in whatever form it appears.  Will a “new” pattern become visible or soon be realized?  Have no doubt it will.

Patterns on the screen and throughout.
Patterns on the screen…

From the September de Young museum exhibit and residency, I have the last writings from two interns sharing their perspective and definition of “patterns.”  As a result, here are their interesting opinions from the next generation of young and impressionable artists:

Josiah is a student, artist, intern, and dynamo.
Josiah is a student, artist, intern, and dynamo.

Hello, my name is Josiah Mackey I currently attend Berkeley City College.  I’m a 22 year-old aspiring Illustrator and Graphic Designer with plans of transferring to San Francisco State to complete my education.  I currently reside in Berkeley, California.  I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA.  As an artist I haven’t found a certain kind of style labeling process for my art.  As a student I’m constantly evolving my style from exposure to where I live, different artist, and through other passions of mine.  Aside from my love of art I also share an equal interest with sound design and electronic music.  My current goal as of this moment is to complete school. My future goals include working for a graphic design firm where I will most likely be doing visual and sound design, produce and write electronic music and support my love for painting through my love for graphic design.

Patterns are everything we see.  They are the design of inorganic and organic forms.  As an artist patterns are important because they evoke emotions and they hide the truth and as well as they reveal them.  Patterns exist in sound they exist at a micro scale.  In the words of Jason Silva a modern philosopher “ To understand is to perceive patterns”.  Patterns all share an intermingled filamental structure.  The awesome things about patterns are that they are not only found in nature but they are found in our phones, laptops, and computers.

Artist and student Eileen.
Artist and student extraordinaire Eileen.

My name is Eileen, and I am currently in the midst of my last year at San Francisco State University.  Next spring I will graduate with my BA in Studio Art and Art History and a minor in English Literature.  My fledgling practice revolves around painting, drawing, and textiles, although I am still honing in on the direction that I would like to take my art after graduation.  I am honored to be an Artist Studio Intern with the de Young this semester.  The chance to work with local artists and to help museum visitors connect with the process of creation is a wonderful opportunity.

The variety of ways in which Jenny utilizes patterns in her work certainly inspires deeper reflection on the presence of patterns in the world.  In the broadest sense, pattern defines our existence. It is found in the rising of the sun every morning, and determines the combination of the smallest molecule.  Conceptually, patterns can be related to repetition and rhythm, and together, these things are intrinsic to the world.  In visual art, I am fascinated by the complex geometric abstractions that cover the surface of Islamic architecture.  These designs are free of symbolic meaning, and are meant to evoke transcendent beauty and to free the intellect.

Deinstallation at the Kimball Education Gallery.
Deinstallation at the Kimball Education Gallery.

It’s been enlightening to read the intern writings.  Overall, I believe patterns are the legend to the map called life.  From the political gridlock in Washington D.C. to waves off the coast of Northern California, a blueprint emerges.  The choice is to decide which path is worth the time investigating and keeping as part of a tradition to one that sucks energy or becomes useless.  The key is to be able to identify and recognize positive or negative patterns and to learn from both.  Here’s to the next chapter…

My mother made the journey to see the exhibit.
My mother Karen made the journey to see the exhibit.

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