Patterns Used to Communicate on Holden Street

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Giselle Hicks at DownStreet Art ReceptionClassic. Vintage. Retro.

Those are just a few words to describe the feeling inside “Pattern as a Language,” the Artery Gallery’s latest exhibit under DownStreet Art. From stenciled floral wall coverings to blue stylings on china, any patron is sure to be whisked away to an upscale moment of interior design.

A collaboration between Sean Capone, Molly Hatch and Giselle Hicks, these three artists created a stylish room on Holden Street that speaks of calm, refinement and beauty.

“The show focuses on people using patterns to communicate with each other,” said gallery attendant and MCLA sophomore Thamar Jean-Fedestin. “People have really liked the wall piece by Molly Hatch in particular.”

Hatch stenciled a vintage black floral pattern against the entire left wall of Artery Gallery, giving the illusion of a classic hallway from the Victorian era. According to Jean-Fedestin, Hatch’s goal was to create a 3-D wallpaper. Any gallery visitor can see this through Hatch’s work with pairing up ceramic copies of specific parts of the wall pattern. Classic vintage floral jets off the wall, reflecting light from the street outside, giving Hatch’s work a meaning of nostalgia and rustic beauty.

Anyone who finds enjoyment in blue-style china should also catch a glimpse of work done by both Hatch and Hicks. Hicks also delves into ceramics by molding ‘cushions’ with a similar floral pattern taken straight out of wallpaper samplings book from the 1920s. Both the cushions pressed against the walls and the tea sets screaming in true royal blue take gallery visitors into a wistful era of delicate patterns.

Capone’s piece is a video that beautifully combines the floral wall and tea sets into a montage of flowing colors and designs. As a media designer, Capone highlights the beauty in moving patterns and the adaption of work around him. Meshing the complexity and delicate strokes of Hicks’ cushions and Hatch’s 3-D wallpaper, Capone creates a masterpiece that artfully describes the comfort many of us feel in patterns and design.

While these peaceful works of art are leaving the Artery Gallery, the work of all three of these artists can be found at the Ferrin Gallery at 437 North St in Pittsfield through Oct. 30. Specific information can be found through the Ferrin Gallery Website.