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April - June 2015 Quick Response: Interactive Woks by Patter Hellstrom
"Patter's paintings are alluring. Her paintings beckon the viewer to visually get lost in the undulation that is created by her use of medium. I have never known any artist to work with the acrylic ink wash on polypropylene. Her mastery of the fluidity of motion is her own language. It is very rare to find ones solo voice when so much has been done in the name of art." Annette Schutz, Owner of ArtHaus Gallery SF
Heaven | Earth | Humanity pair 11" x 34" each
Scot Meacham Wood's new site kicked off with a half dozen of Hellstrom's paintings from her Tartan Collection. The Tartan Collection by artist Patter Hellstrom was inspired by SMW designs’ phrase “Tartan is the new black”. The artist delved into what constitutes a tartan pattern and the history. Learning that it was a pattern strongly related to identity and British control dating back to the Dress Act of 1746. The attempt to bring the Scottish warrior clans under government control by banning tartan was repealed in 1782, which made tartan no longer just an ordinary Highland dress, but pattern of pride adopted as the symbolic national dress of Scotland.
Installation + Film Grief Path / artist Patter Hellstrom traced the last four years of her life, marked by significant personal losses of some of those closest to her. Informed by her own Judeo-Christian upbringing balanced against a deep interest in Buddhist principles, the artist maps the psychological, cognitive, and emotional dimensions of grief through time. What are the navigational tools on a grief path? The gestural paint applied over the rationalized pencil grid reflects the emotional immediacy of each moment, and letting go of cultural expectations around each loss resulted in moments of grace and acceptance.
"Gina Stepaniuk / New Views: Planet Earth", a Patter Hellstrom Visual Art project at Vedder Price LA headquarters in Q3 is followed by Marion Lane's relentless geomerty within organic forms entitled “Geometric Abstraction / Made of this World” in Q4.
The show is filled with fantastic connections between traditional and contemporary subject matter and styles.
Inspired by study of calligraphy in China, experiences of nature on the west coast of the USA and the intense color seen in India, Hellstrom creates abstract work which distills experience. The paintings created on polypropylene material with acrylic water-resistant artists ink are a new media, intensely colored. Polypropylene material is a synthetic type of film or paper with extraordinary durability. Flawlessly smooth, it professionally back-mounted to a plexi substrate. The wooden frame adhered to the plexi has a cleated hanging system. This installation method allows the painting to "float" from the wall enhancing the gestural quality of the work, showing it to it's best advantage. Panel paintings back-mounted on acrylic sheets showcase large-scale work by Patter Hellstrom. Works are available through galleries and art dealers in Chicago, San Francisco, LA and London.
Acrylic ink on polypropylene is an innovative technique discovered and unveiled in 2007 at Masterworks Institute in San Francisco. These gestural contemporary pieces have been shown widely and collected by museums and private collectors in the US.
Intimate pieces incorporate themes such as exploration of emotional landscapes, eclipses, and global turbulence. These compact pieces act as road maps for the large and mural sized work, as the artist explores new methods in her practice.
Shaped Paintings (9)In 2011 shaped installations and collages on the polypropylene film marked the start of a new exploration of Hellstrom's medium. Exploring the properties of polypropylene and acrylic ink, these works delve into the dark beauty of disruptions encountered in daily life. Focus turns to the shaped pieces which encapsulate the flow of emotion, releasing the gesture from its' format. These works continue and are concurrent with panel paintings.
Commissions (8)Her commissions include large scale-works installed in urban lobbies, private collectors in San Francisco and extensive project like "Grief Path" at CIIS. An urban San Francisco university, CIIS commissioned an installation by Hellstrom for their gallery over for the first semester of the 2012 academic year. French filmmaker, Cedric Pilard created a short documentary about the making the piece. The work explores how we understand grief and the grieving process.
Patter has created FLOWER MANDALA installations since 2003. Those large-scale projects have been commissioned by Unilever for their campus and JPMorgan Chase for their Project Space. Initially created with concentric circles of 500+ individually placed fresh flowers, these mindful works were dedicated to recognizing beauty and developing compassion. Installations created with natural materials such as flowers, tumbled glass and rock, connect interior thoughts on interdependence and impermanence to the larger natural world. See more in PROJECTS.