Pattern + Concept


This show will include the work of Kay Hartung, Marina Thompson and Kim Bernard, who use pattern in their work for purposes related to the conceptual ideas they are communicating.

A fascination with the beauty and complexity of the microscopic world fuels Kay Hartung’s paintings. She contemplates the potential impact of cellular activity on the visible universe and the human species. The growth, multiplication, and movement of these biological forms is essential to her creative process, as they travel freely or are
captured and tangled in sinuous webs. Kay approaches her paintings with a textile sensibility, creating landscapes for the biomorphic forms to exist. By placing one pattern upon the next through the layering of color upon color complex interactions between color and form are produced. She sees these patterns as the intricate and crowded
atmospheres in which biological forms interact and develop. The network like quality of some of the backgrounds relates to the communications that must occur between the mind and the body to produce action and thought.

Marina Thompson’s paintings record an abstracted, introspective expression of communication and human interaction. Communication requires kinetic creativity: layers of light, color, texture, balance, nuance, and surprise. Pattern and repetition, rhythm and interruption shape our lives. Geometry bridges the inner and outer worlds adding structure and sense – both ancient and contemporary. The pulse of color and the play of light and texture are constant sources of stimulation. Color creates light, light creates form. Marina’s paintings explore depth, energy and movement with illusions of volume, space, light, and time. The work is colorful, rhythmic, layered. It speaks of sounds, both local and cosmic, while her visual elements are both macroscopic and microscopic.

Kim Bernard finds it fascinating that there are predictable patterns in matter and motion
and she creates art work that demonstrates these phenomena simply, with an aesthetic
that allows the viewer easy access, and provides a tangible way of seeing physics.
Fascinated with movement, kinesthetics and the basic laws of motion she works from
The premise that the understanding of movement can be revealed through repetition.
Beginning with the body, combining materials with movement, her work synthesizes a
personal history and deep connection to body movement.