by Nancy Lunsford
For several years I have been exploring geometric shapes and their manifestation in traditional folk art and nature. This has become an obsession, and like all obsessions, it is both a blessing and a curse. Patterns are inherently restrictive: a set of limitations, predictable, but with a sense of comfort and order. Yet, we need chaos, change and surprise in order to thrive. I am drawn to the nexus of these two ideas: order and chaos.
My "Contained Crazy" pieces are triangular relief, constructed of individual elements that are arranged in a pattern of hexagons and... triangles. The individual elements are created randomly with no preconceived idea of how they will fit together. As the work is constructed, various pieces are ...arranged like the pieces in a puzzle, searching for the best fit. The overall pattern is immutable, but the randomly chosen colors and forms of the elements are juxtaposed in jarring or reverberating relationships.
I have also returned to simple drawing: graphite on paper. Just as the simple binary code of a computer is the vehicle for incredibly complex expression, the simplicity of black marks on white paper can produce nuance, ...or raw power....
Hex,” The art of Nancy Lunsford
April 2 - May 10, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 2, 6 - 9 pm
440 6th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Thursdays and Fridays from 4 - 7 p. m.
Saturdays and Sundays from 12 - 6 p. m.
The 440 Gallery is convenient to the F Train's 4th Avenue and 7th Avenue Stops, and to the R Train's 9th Steet Stop in Park Slope, Brooklyn.