Group show at Rainmaker, North Bristol’s gallery for Native American artists.
Pattern sees a group of Native American artists exploring the recurring presence of pattern in indigenous cultures.
Drawing inspiration from nature and traditional art forms such as pottery, weaving, porcupine quillwork, beadwork and textiles each artist creates contemporary works on paper or canvas that incorporate pattern in intriguing ways.
The central focus of the exhibition is the recent work of Northern Cheyenne printmaker Jordan Ann Craig. Her exquisite serigraphs present intricate yet simple repeating patterns with titles such as Red-Orange Dyed Quills and Buckskin Print: Lazy Stitch Rows (pictured).
Elsewhere, Chemehuevi fine art photographer Cara Romero carefully constructs photographic portraits of indigenous women, merging the female body with ancient pottery designs and vintage Navajo weavings.
In the drawings of Potawatomi artist Jason Wesaw we find carefully chosen single colours that describe simple shapes with deeply personal references to healing and ceremony.
“Pattern, or rather cycles, are a foundational aspect of traditional Potawatomi life in the Great Lakes of the United States. Our life way has always been centred on the seasonal cyclical movements of Mother Earth. My observations of the beauty in these cycles, these age-old patterns, are the basis for much of my art. It is the steady, gentle sound of the spirit in the land that translates itself here on to these sheets of paper” Jason Wesaw
From minimalistic elements in natural tones to vibrant kaleidoscopic creations this is a visually exciting and culturally rich exhibition.
Nov 1-Jan 31, Rainmaker Gallery, 123 Coldharbour Road, BS6 7SN, Tue-Fri 10am-5.30pm / Sun 10am-5pm.
Artist reception: Thur, Nov 28, 6-8pm with visiting artists Jordan Craig and Marla Allison.
For more info, visit www.rainmakerart.co.uk