"One of the things I love about this exhibition is that it merges the timeless with the timely. It's truly an interior designer's dream with works in shades of gray, black, white, cream, soft blues, terra cotta in rough, shiny, spiky and smooth materials in shapes and sizes that are perfect over a chest or sofa, on a mantle or shelf. It's an historic art form that has proven to last millennia yet the contemporary interpretations are right on track with current trends." says Vicki Hanson-Burkhart organizer of the Pattern Now Exhibition and Principal at M3.
And this is no ordinary juried show, it's curated by world leading UK artist Emma Biggs, whose own work graces the walls of Westminster Cathedral, the National Portrait Gallery, public spaces in Canary Wharf, celebrity and governmental homes, the list goes on and on. Biggs' work is most closely associated with an interest in color and pattern. She has a discerning eye and hand which is why Mosaic Workshop, the company she started in 1987 in London became the UK's most thriving mosaic studio. Biggs divides her time between making mosaics, large scale installations and small fine art panels, making collaborative award winning paintings with her husband Matthew Collings, and occasionally when prompted she still teaches the many hungry young mosaicists seeking her wisdom. (She's teaching in Houston in May 2014.)
Biggs describes the exhibit in her wonderful British accent, "Part of the excitement of this show is the scope it offers the viewer to observe and reassess the games artists play with the pleasure of visual clarity versus visual confusion. Some work may seem to deliver all its secrets on first viewing, some are slower to burn, and some, like the marvelous work of Ilana Shafir, has an immediacy of effects, combined with a highly sophisticated confusion." (More to come on Ilana Shafir, 90 year old Holocaust survivor/grande dame of mosaic art.)
The exhibit includes work from leading contemporary mosaicists from 8 countries; the US, Israel, Japan, Italy, Egypt, Brazil, Portugal and the UK.
Open March 7 - April 23, 2014 at the Gateway Regional Arts Center, 101 E. Main St., Mt. Sterling, KY 40353. Hours Tue - Fri, 10 am - 5 pm, Sat, 11:30 am - 4:30 pm, Closed Sun and Mon. Phone: 859-498-6264