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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"Patterns & Meaning" - Alan J. Klawans and Andrew Werth

Please join us for Artists' Gallery's next show:

"Patterns & Meaning"
featuring Alan J. Klawans
and Andrew Werth

November 9 - December 2, 2012
Opening reception: Saturday, Nov 10, 3 to 6 pm

Artists' Gallery is pleased to present "Patterns & Meaning", an exhibition featuring the art of Alan J. Klawans and Andrew Werth. Using the formal terms of abstraction such as color, contrast, composition, and repetition, Klawans and Werth encourage viewers to explore the relationship between the visual image and meaning.

Andrew Werth
30x40, acrylic on panel

Andrew Werth, a former computer engineer turned artist, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of mathematician Alan Turing by presenting paintings that use "Turing Patterns" for their underlying structure. Turing, in addition to being famous for his work on computer science, artificial intelligence, and cryptography, also wrote an influential paper describing how certain processes in nature could produce forms like the patterns on zebras and leopards.

Werth simulates these processes on the computer and embeds meaning in his images by twisting, tweaking, and otherwise transforming the patterns before turning them into paintings. He carefully designs the color transitions and then hand-paints thousands of individual marks of color so that the images have an optical depth that belies their flat surface.

Alan Klawans
30x20, original digital print

Alan J. Klawans also uses the computer as a tool in the production of his artwork. He begins each piece with a single word and uses that as a starting point for an abstract design that reflects upon the word's meaning. The words he starts with are taken from contemporary media sources and cover a variety of subjects including architecture, games, climate change, economics, politics, and war. Klawans interprets his linguistic subjects into graphic arrangements of colors and shapes, using lines both for structure and for visual accents in his compositions. The result is a series of original, limited edition digital prints.

Note:  We are all struggling through Hurricane Sandy and many of us went without electricity for far too long. But rest assured, power is back at Artists' Gallery and we will be open our normal hours. We hope you can join us at the November 10th Opening Reception and celebrate life returning to normal.

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