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QUICK RESPONSE: Interactive Work by Patter Hellstrom
Energetic brushwork in bold color mixes with technology in the upcoming ArtHaus exhibition of paintings by Patter Hellstrom.
QR codes lead the viewer into a layered experience, first with dazzling color and movement then through a digital portal.
With the click of a smart phone app the viewer moves deeper into the work of art.
April 9 – June 27, 2015
Hellstrom + Design
Twin Impulses featured in the HGTV article in Front Door CLIMB and ArtHaus.
Installation + Film
CURATORIAL + WRITING
As 2015 kicks off plans are in the works for curatorial projects placing contemporary art in offices in LA.
MITHILA PAINTING: The Evolution of an Art Form Co-curated and managed by Patter Hellstrom Visual Art the show is filled with fantastic connections between traditional and contemporary subject matter and styles. The Ethnic Art Foundation shares the amazing work throughout the United States. “Over the past several decades, the artists of the Mithila communities have produced an astonishingly brilliant body of works on paper, drawing on their centuries old iconographic traditions and techniques as well as evolving new imagery and approaches that reflect global transformations. I have rarely encountered such a highly concentrated number of exceptionally gifted artists. They are a treasure!” Lawrence Rinder, Director Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive.
Shaped Paintings (7)Shaped collages and installations were begun on the polypropylene film in 2011. 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.
Commissions (8)Commissions include large scale-works installed in semi-public condo lobby in 2014, and a 10 foot x 3 foot acrylic ink painting on polypropylene for a private collector in San Francisco entitled, "Heaven, Earth and Passion". Grief Path at CIIS, an urban San Francisco university 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.
Panel paintings back-mounted on acrylic sheets showcase large-scale work by Patter Hellstrom. Color and gesture appear to float with calligraphic style incorporating expressive qualities and fluid color. Works are available through galleries and art dealers in Chicago, San Francisco, LA and London.
Midsize works in acrylic ink on polypropylene - a technique discovered in 2007 and unveiled in "Navigating Expression" at Masterworks Institute for Works on Paper Gallery in San Francisco. These gestural contemporary pieces have been shown widely and collected by museums and private collectors. Lennar Urban also showcased these pieces in their San Francisco penthouse projects.
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.
Since 2003 Patter has created FLOWER MANDALA pieces and other large-scale projects at locations such as the Unilever campus in Trumbull CT. The FLOWER MANDALA was created in concentric circles of 500 individually placed fresh flowers. This mindful work was dedicated to recognizing beauty and 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.