A mainstay of textiles
and crafts, patterns
—in all their myriad forms—have captured the imaginations of
artists for centuries. With strong roots in African, Asian, and Middle Eastern
arts, patterns reached an apex in Britain in the 19th century with the Arts and Crafts Movement
, when the designer William Morris
revolutionized Victorian taste with his popular biomorphic
pattern designs for fabric and wallpaper. More recently, repeated designs and
motifs have found their way into the work of contemporary artists including Damien Hirst
and Fred Tomaselli
, as well as Net artists
trafficking in glitch aesthetics
and other forms of visual patterns found in computer coding.
Neither concrete nor ephemeral, the contemporary
artist Mira Hecht
’s new paintings—which are currently on view in her exhibition “All Things
” at Washington, D.C.’s Addison/
Ripley Fine Art
—feature all-over kaleidoscopic
patterns, rendered on canvas, panel, or paper. Hecht paints circular, diamond-,
and petal-shaped motifs, layered in diaphanous arrangements so that they appear
to twinkle, flutter, and sometimes vanish into the distance. Painting onto both
large- and small-scale surfaces, Hecht renders her carefully balanced
compositions in a range of colors, from yellows, grays and blacks, to deep
blues and crimsons.
“Inspired by glimpses of perfection within the
mind’s eye, each painting is meant to be a small gesture of exhalation,
pointing to joy, connection and wholeness,” Hecht has said. At once ethereal
and permanent, Hecht’s paintings are endlessly alluring, captivating the
viewer’s eye with their radiant patterns.
“Mira Hecht: All Things Vanish” is on view at
Addison/Ripley, Jan. 18th–Mar. 15th, 2014.