'Beyond Pattern' Exhibition

'Phial Bodies'

'Phial Bodies', Michael Brennand-Wood

University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Art & Design Gallery College Lane, Hatfield. AL10 9AB

Featured artists:  Catherine Bertola, Michael Brennand-Wood, Nisha Duggal, Leo Fitzmaurice, Doug Jones (his work will be installed at the Museum of St Albans), Adam King, Steve Messam, Henna Nadeem, Angharad Pearce-Jones, Pamela So and Andrea Stokes.

I recently attended an evening reception to launch an exhibition called 'Beyond Pattern' held at the UH Galleries in Hatfield. It is a touring exhibition from Oriel Davies Gallery, an independent public art gallery and is curated by Alex Boyd.  

Work by eleven artists explores how pattern can be, or has been, used as a social, cultural and political commentator.  From metalwork to embroidered textiles and public installation to hand-cut collages, Beyond Pattern presented the broad range of work.

'Boudoir' Pamela So

'Boudoir' Pamela So

Pattern is all around us, whether we are conscious of it or not: penetrating every aspect of our lives, finding its way into our homes, workplaces, streets, gardens and out in the landscape. It is not confined to our own manufacture, for it forms the foundation for many aspects of the natural world. The manner in which we use pattern in our lives forms the basis of this exhibition.

I particularly enjoyed studying the complexity of the three-dimensional work by Michael Brennand-Wood called Phial Bodies.  The piece is made up of hundreds of elements of beading, figures, textile and embroidery.

Also the work of the late Pamela So called Boudoir is delicate and fascinating.  A mirror stencilled in talc with a spotlight throwing a shadow onto the wall revealing the intricate lace pattern.

Adam King, Ambivalent Apocalypse

'Ambivalent Apocalypse' (detail), Adam King

And Adam King’s installation Ambivalent Apocalypse snakes over walls in baroque swirls. Images of sweatshop workers, soldiers, domestic interiors and Natural history cut from newspapers and magazines are composed with 3-D elements including mirror balls, war toys, plastic flowers and party decorations. Paper clips join the imagery making reference to modern construction ethos - easily put together and as easily pulled apart.  The work utilises a colourful palette to suggest a sense of joy and abundance amidst the decay.

The UH Gallery is contemporary space that is a beautiful backdrop to the art and I think this collection is well worth a visit.


Photos: Amy Angus, Gallery Intern

For further information please contact UH Galleries on 01707 284290 email uhgalleries@herts.ac.uk 
The Exhibition continues until 30 April 2011 Art and Design Gallery opening hours:  
Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Museum of St Albans opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm,
Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm FREE ADMISSION


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Title – Ambivalent Apocalypse 
 Beyond Pattern artist, Adam King, on 22 March discusses his site-response work in the exhibition.