Front Room is proud to present “Pattern in Landscape,” a group show featuring the work of Sasha Bezzubov, Thomas Broadbent, Stephen Mallon, Mark Masyga, Ross Racine, Emily Roz, Zoe Wetherall and Julia Whitney Barnes. “Pattern in Landscape” includes artists that explore the concept of landscape outside of conventional ideas and incorporate components of pattern into their composition. These artists often make use of naturally occurring patterns such as spirals, waves, tessellations, cracks, stripes, symmetrical branches and fractals.
Sasha Bezzubov’s photographs of the “Albedo Zone” are large format black and white stark compositions of Arctic ice and water. Albedo is the measure of diffusive reflection of solar radiation. These photos are stark visible examples of global climate change.
Thomas Broadbent’s installation of watercolor panels, "Lunar crater Chain" is a highly detailed black and white rendering based on actual moon craters and tiled together in the way that NASA tiles photographs taken by its space rovers.
In Phillip Buehler’s aerial photographs from a military airplane storage yard in Arizona the repetition of the same model of bomber aircraft are so abstractly pattern-based that the overall effect beginnings to feel like a Middle Eastern tapestry.
Stephen Mallon’s otherworldly “Italian Forest” is a grove of trees in an industrial tree farm. Mallon’s composition directs the viewer to see the parallels and repetition within the forest.
Mark Masyga’s paintings are made up of lively, linear elements in balance with a sensitive, intense sense of color. Masyga incorporates abstracted reference to architectural landscapes in his compositions.
Ross Racine creates his hyper-real suburban landscapes with a uniquely developed drawing method combining the languages of drawing and digital imaging.
Emily Roz’s paintings’ heightened realism, flowers, seedpods, branches and carcasses coexist in a world of dreamlike unreality. As the animals in these scenes fight for position under the teasing petals, the muted color backdrops preserve the freshness of such eroticism found in nature and violence.
The beauty of Zoe Wetherall’s work is in the structured geometry of natural and man-made forms. Wetherall uses her camera to reveal the beauty in the subtle patterns hidden in architecture and landscape. Photographing the landscape without a reference point to sky or horizon emphasizes natural patterns within the earth's colors and textures.
Julia Whitney Barnes combines elements from the human or built environment in surreal juxtapositions with nature. In “Bricks and Stones May Break (Iceland/Rainbow Windows)” the organic landscape is framed through the geometric windows, each tinted a unique hue.