Seattle City Hall and Anne Focke Gallery
600 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
8 January – 20 February 2014
M – F, 7 am – 6 pm
Julia Haack, Jo Braun, Kate Jessup, Joseph Pentheroudakis, Kelley Knickerbocker, Tina Randolph
TESSELLATED LANGUAGE showcases six Seattle artists whose work employs principles of tessellation—fragmentation
, recombination, repetition, and modulation—and explores ways in which such techniques begin to imply, deliberately or not, the use of mutually intelligible personal languages of shape and space. The collection of work is comprised of numerous mediums, including drawing, mixed media, assemblage, mosaic, and wall-mounted sculpture.
However, the focus on tessellation deemphasizes technical medium- categories and instead spotlights the rationale behind the visual constructions, their emotional effects, and non-verbal echoes throughout the exhibition. In a specific sense, the collection of work examines overlap between and among the six artists’ respective visual “alphabets”; in a general sense, it offers a glimpse into a broader visual language of critically made objects.