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Ubiquitous: Aspects of Contemporary Pattern


Tue 28 Aug 2012, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 29 Aug 2012, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 30 Aug 2012, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 31 Aug 2012, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 1 Sep 2012, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Objectspace, 13 Rose Road Ponsonby, Ponsonby, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Ubiquitous: Aspects of Contemporary Pattern is a thematic exhibition exploring contemporary pattern with works made by New Zealand makers and designers within the last 10 years.

David Brett, a British contemporary authority on pattern and ornament, observes that pattern is as pervasive, perennial and, implicitly, primordial as language and arithmetic. Indeed, pattern can be found in every culture, every era and in every environment. Pattern appears in fields as diverse as fashion, nature, mathematics, tattoo art, software design and interior design.

In presenting this exhibition, Objectspace seeks to explore the enduring appeal of pattern and pattern-making for contemporary New Zealand makers. Ubiquitous: Aspects of Contemporary Pattern presents work by practitioners working across a wide range of media including design, craft, applied arts, sculpture, print-making and photography, demonstrating pattern's contemporary relevance.

Both the exhibition and accompanying publication explore three themes; Pattern and Construction, Pattern and Identity, and Pattern and Knowledge. While these themes are porous and represent only a few of pattern's many properties, each theme demonstrates a different aspect and purpose behind the use of pattern. Common across all three themes is pattern's attraction as a device for exploring and expressing individual and collective concerns.

The practitioners in Ubiquitous: Aspects of Contemporary Pattern range from emerging to senior New Zealand makers. This exhibition is curated by Ioana Gordon-Smith.

Public programme:

Saturday 30 June, 11am: Exhibition curator Ioana Gordon-Smith will give a floor talk, in conversation with various makers.

Saturday 4 August, 11am: Hugh Bannerman of Dilana in conversation with Ioana Gordon-Smith.

Publication: Ubiquitous: Aspects of Contemporary Pattern
This illustrated exhibition publication features details of the works in the exhibition, accompanied by essays by exhibition curator Ioana Gordon-Smith and academic and gallerist Anna Miles. This publication will also be available to download for free from the Objectspace website from 30 June.

Image caption: Briar Mark, QR Code, 2012. 350 gsm Fabriano watercolour paper and embroidery thread. Courtesy of the artist.

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