Bruce New, Robert Carden, and Ed Franklin are all inspired by geometric patterns. The differences among their respective approaches to geometry—imagined vs. observed, black-and-white vs. color, two-vs. three-dimensional, abstract vs. representational—only emphasize the power of the repeated shape that informs them all.
Bruce New is a mixed media artist working in ink and collage on paper. His imagery is at once recognizable and bizarre. Fantastical buildings, semi-mechanical figures, and composite creatures populate brightly colored spaces enclosed by strict, patterned borders. Sharp angles and sharp imaginary weapons make these flattened environments at once cheerful and dystopian.
Robert Carden works in pen and ink, but only in black and white. While all drawn by hand, his elegant compositions are executed with mechanical precision. All explore repetition and symmetry, and many are based on mathematical series such as fractals, repeating patterns occurring in nature whose replication is exactly the same at every scale.
Ed Franklin makes representational and abstract works using wood. He cites “looking backwards” as his primary inspiration, and his works recall antique toys, medieval religious art, and the whimsical constructions of the early 20th-century European avant-garde. All involve geometry, whether a subtle surface network of radiating lines or a bold pattern of simple shapes within shapes.
October 27 – December 30
Gallery Hop November 18