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In new Frist exhibition, geometric shapes express cultural patterns

Jul. 19, 2013, 3:06 PM

Amelia Winger-Bearskin, former Vanderbilt art professor, now resides in Brooklyn, where she is a performance artist. / Credit: MultiAgency Collective

 Artists use geometric elements to express cultural perceptions

Works by eight Nashville-area artists, including interactive performance artist and former Vanderbilt faculty Amelia Winger-Bearskin, will be on display in the Frist Center for the Visual Arts‘ Conte Community Arts Gallery from Aug. 30, through Feb. 2, 2014.

The exhibition, Abstractometry, features works that employ geometric patterns, typography or other graphic codes to express cultural factors. Abstractometry includes works by Winger-Bearskin, as well as Alex Blau, Patrick DeGuira, Warren Greene, Ron Lambert, James Perrin, Christopher Roberson and Terry Thacker.

Abstractometry merges the term “abstract”—a synopsis of a larger idea—with the notion of “metrics”—how we measure and are defined by systems ranging from technology and architecture, to language and film.

Ron Lambert's 'Static' / Courtesy of the artist

The artists who created the works for this diverse exhibition drew from multiple influences, including Japanese anime, product packaging, newspapers, musicals, photography, sports and cartoons.

Two artist’s forums will be held:

Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m., with Terry Thacker and Warren Greene
Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m., with Alex Blau and Patrick DeGuira

Contact: Maggie Carrigan: 615-744-3351,
Ellen Jones Pryor: 615-243-1311,