Patternism

Project Description

The project originated with an interest in gestalt perception, specifically in the work of Josef Albers, who uses color and line to create oscillating hierarchies that play with the language of graphics and make us aware of the conventions we rely on to “read” a drawing.

I wanted to produce drawings which were more explicitly suggestive of layered depth and scale, but still retained the same unstable hierarchy which draws attention to the act of reading; first, by using color to establish relationships of depth which conflict with the reading of layered space. I then wanted to emphasize this tension between graphic and three-dimensional space by using a self-reflexive “alphabet” in which the line work defining the volumes is a hatch pattern generated from the master diagram, which organizes these volumes in space; the reading of the graphic “letter” begins to compete in hierarchy with the volume “word” which it defines.