Though I sadly missed Sunday's opening reception, yesterday I popped into the Belmont Stumptown to check out Collision, the show up till the end of the month by Pattern People, the surface design firm partnership between Jessie Whipple Vickery and Claudia Brown. They have clients in the apparel, beauty, interiors, and paper goods industries and have done everything from residential murals to packaging for big-name clients like Estée Lauder, Adidas, and Godiva Chocolate, but they've been on a bit of a kick lately with art events. You might remember their clever installation at 2011's Content, where guests were invited to peer through a hole at a hotel room replica festooned in a riot of patterned surfaces, and as far as I know this is their first show since.
Taking a page from the techniques of parquetry, the show features prints combined geometrically to create kaleidoscopic, slightly dizzying texture pieces. Many feature earthy wood grains, but there are also cityscapes and textiles. There's no discernable message here; these pieces are about visual pleasure, moody though they may be. If one strikes your fancy, the framed versions are selling for $225 apiece, but if that's too rich for your blood, check out the downloads section of Pattern People's web site, where you can get files from a cross section of their past work.
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