Experience an explosion of pattern in Pattern Crazy, the first major UK show to bring together a wide range of work by artists and designers working with pattern. In this exhibition, the Crafts Council Gallery will be saturated from floor to ceiling with pieces ranging from paintings and patterned flooring to wallpaper and furniture, as well as sound patterns and computer generated images.
Pattern Crazy features the work of over 30 UK artists and testifies to the sheer vitality and diversity of the work being made using pattern. The exhibition celebrates the resurgence of interest in pattern and also highlights the progressive thinking involved in its application across the creative disciplines.
Each pattern in the Gallery tells a story, some more controversial than others. Bashir Makhoul’s bullet-holed wallpaper references the bullet holes scarring the walls of Beirut. In stark contrast, Brian Eno will mesmerise the viewer with his computer-generated visual works. Pattern Crazy embraces the use of pattern in its widest sense, from Ian Grant’s use of marquetry in his tartan top tables, to Julie Westbury’s collages of religious iconography.
Pattern underlies every aspect of our lives, as well as being part of the basic structure of the body and mind. The show reminds us of the presence of pattern in everyday environments from the intricate pattern found in plant-life to traditional and modern-day architecture.
Louise Taylor, Director of the Crafts Council comments: “Pattern Crazy will give our visitors the chance to see a wide range of artistic disciplines in the Crafts Council Gallery, and will show pattern from different cultures and contexts.”
Sarah Crawford (Pattern)