Why Patterns?

19 Oct 2018 – 18 Nov 2018

Event times

Friday 10am–6pm
Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 10am–6pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am–6pm
Wednesday 10am–6pm
Thursday 10am–6pm

Cost of entry


No 20 Arts

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Angel, Highbury & Islington
  • Essex Road

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No 20 is delighted to present WHY PATTERNS?, a group show curated by Martyn Simpson and David R Watson.


The exhibition focuses on the notion of pattern in contemporary art and showcases the works of artists for whom pattern is either an overt subject of their work or an emergent property resulting from their creative processes. In other words, some are pattern seekers; some are pattern makers.

Just as texture can please or offend the sense of touch, pattern is the haptic made visual. We respond strongly to pattern as a fundamental part of our visual experience; we crave repetitionand order in so far as it structures things and renders them legible. But there is a fine line to be negotiated. Simple repetition rarely satisfies us any more than does total randomness; delight,it is said, is found somewhere between boredom and confusion.

WHY PATTERNS? offers a unique opportunity to enjoy contemporary works by artists whose pieces lean heavily on pattern, each of them investing the artwork with their own quirks and obsessions, enjoying confusion and overload; kitsch and camp; austerity and blankness; pleasure and irritation.


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