Where: Virtual Exhibition: https://www.kunstmatrix.com/en/iszaf
ISZAF and ISNS would like to present “PATTERN”, an art exhibition that challenged local and international artists to create artwork inspired by patterns. Featuring 17 works of art, the artists approached and explored the topic of patterns in creative, subtle, and dynamic ways: often representing and blending the broad spectrum between the literal and the abstract. Various works focused on the literal patterns the art discipline naturally instructs: the repetition of shapes, lines, and colors. While other artists focused more on the figurative and abstract nuances patterns can uphold such as repetition in human behavior, lifestyles, and society. In addition, the works included in the show utilized various color schemes from monochromatic to polychromic.
Curated by: Gloria Carnevale, ISNS DP Y2 Students
Produced by: ISZAF (International Shenzhen Artist Forum) + ISNS (International School of Nanshan Shenzhen)
Press Links: TBA
Meet the Artists
Brittan is an independent artist, curator and visual arts educator currently based in Dongguan, a part of the Greater Bay Area of Southern China (Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou).
Working as an interdisciplinary artist, Brittan believes in the power of art as a visual language utilizing all methods of art making at his disposal to convey what he calls, a "Visual Lexicon". His work focuses on the meaning and value humans give beliefs, and ultimately objects, in relationship to themselves. It the quest in answering the question,"How do humans establish value and meaning?", that drives Brittan's work. Resembling the work of a philosopher, Brittan believes in the power of Visual Lexicons as a driving force when establishing connection, meaning, and value, in order to maintain a deep metaphysical connection between his work and the viewer.
Christopher Bashford is a multimedia artist and teacher. These works were created using Procreate and inspired by the manhole covers of Shenzhen. The found patterns were appropriated and recontextualized with some humour and a desire to create vivid, eye-catching graphics. The characters found on the covers allowed for some ironic wordplay. Some of the symbols are shared in common with the iconic Louis Vuitton brand. Inspiration lies under our feet.
Gloria Carnevale is an artist, designer, educator, curator and speaker who has lived and worked in Shenzhen since 2012. She is a founding member of ISZAF and is currently the Co-Chair. Gloria works as the Head of the Arts Department for Visual Arts and Design at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS). She teaches senior level visual arts courses and is also qualified to teach design and technology.
Gloria's artwork explores the themes surrounding the concept of identity, such as how relationships and surroundings collaborate to identify a person. She enjoys to incorporate both serious and satirical elements into her work, as well as manipulating repetition, bold colours and textures. This work is a response to challenging times in our lives when we feel like we are no longer ourselves. We move on, but we are never the same again. We grow, change, renew, reflect and learn from our experiences.
The Imperfections of Human-ing displays patterns on a human skull which are occasionally misplaced or awry. The irregularity of the lines highlights the ways humans can wish to align with socially acceptable patterns but -ever so slightly- fall short of perfection. The vibrating lines on the graphite skull tease the eye, inviting the viewer to investigate both closely and from afar. As we participate in a shared humanity, we are encouraged to look at individuals and communities through an attentive, compassionate lens. Laurie Edmonstone is a multimedia artist and art educator. Her work explores human conundrums such as gender constructs, culture, and the conscience.
Artist and educator, born in the '80s in Poland. Graduated with a master's degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow majoring in printmaking. Lives and works in Shenzhen, China.
One of my inspirations comes from the work of Richard Feynman on path integral formulation in quantum mechanics, which suggests that light can take all possible paths between two points at the same time. I am also fascinated with the role algorithms play in our lives today, and with the idea of developing a human-level artificial intelligence.
Lotus is an American artist and educator, who has been living and working in Shenzhen since 2017. She holds a BFA with a concentration in sculpture, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Her work reflects a feminine and domestic quality, which she unendingly actualizes in her life. She travels through thoughts, perceptions and stereotypes in the feminine realm, crossing over circumstances, and issues often considered to be exclusively related to women. She embarks upon feminine symbols and transforms them into artworks by an investigation of materials that reveals the potential of objects and materials when combined and manipulated.
WeChat ID: maria_aka_lotus
Kumi Onari-Legault draws her inspiration from her cultural diversity. Kumi, the daughter of Japanese parents, was born and raised in Venezuela. Influenced by the art of her mother and grandfather, Kumi has experimented with visual art throughout her life. Kumi entered the Universidad del Zulia, in Maracaibo, Venezuela to study Design and Architecture and was selected to serve the university as an Associate Professor of Architecture. Kumi has since moved from Venezuela and developed her career as an international school Visual Arts teacher and has lived in Nagoya (Japan), Seoul, Shanghai and currently in Shenzhen.
Kumi believes that art is within all of us. She particularly enjoys inspiring young artists to unlock their potential.
As individuals, we often think that our journey is unique. However, as we widen the lens, over time, over generations, we begin to understand that each individual life is just part of a life pattern. In this artwork, I wanted to depict this life pattern by showing individuals in my family in a family tree. Each life’s pattern from birth, to childhood, to adulthood, to the next generation.
She is a Venezuelan artist who is constantly seeking for new, unusual and fascinating sensations through art.
Admirer of figurative and minimalistic art.
Andrya has got quite an open view towards art and mostly enjoys painting intense, linear abstract works with oil and/or acrylics.
Daniel Pizzo is an American artist who has been living in China for 6 years. His recent work uses mass-produced plastic toys and found objects to build patterns and narrative via layering on the canvas. The objects act as stencils, whose resulting silhouettes may be familiar or ambiguous. As our daily lives present us with a sea of stimuli, we must filter out what is unimportant from that which is meaningful. These ideas are explored through the process of these works.
My name is Lee Prescott. I studied Graphic Design at Lincolnshire and Humberside University from 2000 – 2003. I was heavily influenced by Bauhaus, Surrealism, Pop Art and architecture. I was able to take those influences and create my own personal style. I love using colour and shapes and I love how these things can work together to give a piece of artwork a specific mood.
Yvette Stride is an Australian artist and educator, drawing inspiration from her surroundings, especially in her homes of Hungry Head Beach (Australia) and Beijing (China). Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art (Queensland University of Technology), and a Masters of Education (Arts) from Southern Cross University, she has directed collaborative Murals in Australia and Malaysia and has co- created many sketchbooks as part of the Brooklyn Library’s Sketchbook Project (New York). She completed an artist residency at Guanlan Printmaking Base in China (2019) and shows work locally through ISZAF in Shenzhen. ‘Listen’ is about hearing what even the smallest things have to tell us.
"Little things on the street. When I meet, my breath in step with the universe (August, 2021)"
Michael Williams is a teacher and artist. This work was inspired by regular visits to feed pigeons with his son. That regular interaction had him seeing beautiful patterns in the wings and feathers of the birds and he began drawing them, a lot.