Curated by Dexter Wimberly
July 18 - October 6, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 18 | 7-10PM
Abstraction, by definition, has no overt subject matter. However, upon further inspection, deeper meaning can emerge from art that once appeared random and devoid of obvious significance. Powerful ideas about spirituality, politics and identity can arise from the deliberate interplay of shape, color, material and light.
Pattern Recognition presents the recent work of five emerging artists, Rushern Baker IV, Kimberly Becoat, Hugo McCloud, Duhirwe Rushemeza and Sam Vernon, whose practices are largely engaged in abstract painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. These artists use the freedom of abstraction to push aesthetic boundaries and to present concepts that range from the personal to the geo-political. There are several conceptual parallels amongst the exhibiting artists’ processes, including the use of found materials and their multidisciplinary studio practices.
The exhibition’s central theme involves the examination of the natural human desire to find patterns or meaning in the data that surrounds us. Other themes include methods of interpreting history, consumerism, and the tension between art and commercialization.
Thursday, July 25
6-8PM | MoCADA
Join us for a conversation with Pattern Recognition’s exhibiting artists and curator, moderated by arts professional, Larry Ossei-Mensah. Seating is limited, please arrive early.
Saturday, August 24
1-4PM | MoCADA
Patterns Recognition artists Samantha Vernon and Rushern Baker will lead middle school and high school aged students in creating abstract and landscape collage projects. The artists will give an overview of collage-based works of art and their importance to modern and contemporary image-making, as well as discuss the importance of collage in their own practices. RSVP required to email@example.com.
SOUL OF BROOKLYN WEEK + CONCERT
Saturday, August 17 through Sunday, August 25
Times & locations vary
This August marks MoCADA’s 4th Annual Soul of Brooklyn Week! The weeklong festival kicks off with a performance by Seattle based, abstract hip hop collective Shabazz Palaces on August 17th. Celebrate all things Brooklyn while experiencing performances, art, shopping and culture of the African Diaspora. Most events are free the public. For a detailed listing, please visit our website.
POETRY READING & DISCUSSION:
EXPERIMENTATION AND THE BLACK AESTHETIC
Friday, September 13
6:30-8:30PM | MoCADA
Evie Shockley, author of the new black and Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry, will join celebrated innovative poets LaTasha N. Diggs, John Keene, and Dawn Lundy Martin for a reading and discussion on craft, language, politics and the search for a “black aesthetic” in contemporary art. Seating is limited, please arrive early. Wine will be served and author books will be available in the MoCADA Shop. $3 contribution.
STUDIO VISIT: HUGO McCLOUD
Friday, September 20
6-7:30PM | Location TBA
Join us for an exclusive tour of Pattern Recognition artist Hugo McCloud’s Brooklyn art studio! Visitors will get the chance to view in-progress work and chat with Hugo over drinks about his practice. Please RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUL OF BROOKLYN BLOCK PARTY + CONCERT
Saturday, September 21
2-6PM | Marcus Garvey Blvd between Halsey & Macon Streets
Celebrate all things Brooklyn and catch a live musical performance by Pegasus Warning, a New York based band that incorporates acoustic and electronic instrumentation, 8 bit noise, pounding hooves, beating wings, soulful melodies, and human-machine driven rhythms influenced by sovereigns of contemporary music. Other musical guest include the eclectic sounds of Josiah Wise, and Norvis Jr.
Saturday, September 21
1-3PM | Soul of Brooklyn Block Party| Marcus Garvey Blvd bt Halsey St & Macon St
In this workshop led by Pattern Recognition artist Kimberly Becoat, teens will use printmaking techniques to adorn tote bags and T-shirts with abstract prints! RSVP required to email@example.com. $3 contribution.
Saturday, October 5
1-4PM | MoCADA
Using mixed-media and led by Pattern Recognition artist Duhirwe Rushemeza, children age 3-10 and their families will translate their thoughts and emotions into abstract works of art, creating commemorative posters. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org. $3 contribution.
Rushern Baker IV, Benghazi, 48 x 60 inches, acrylic, paper, ceramic tile adhesive and resin on canvas, 2012. Detail.