alfonso artiaco
alfonso artiaco
founded in 1986

rita mcbride, PATTERN AND DECORATION
12.09.2014 - 31.10.2014

Alfonso Artiaco gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition by Rita McBride, Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 7 pm, the artist will be present.

Rita McBride comes back at Alfonso Artiaco gallery after the last exhibitions in 2007 and in 2010 with "Pattern e Decoration". The American artist creates a series of templates from steel and brass which investigate the relationship between modernism and craft. McBride's templates are tools for pattern recognition, they de-code the complexity and proliferation of images: images of ideas, images of images, ideas of ideas. Mcbride's new works are based on iconic popular shapes used in decoupage, quilting, wallpaper ornament and weaving, but are transformed to deflect the non objective modernist grid, lifting its logic but denying its reductivism. Rita McBride investigates through these works her Idealism about decoration, presenting a clear split from the "strict instruction" of reductive minimalism, and challenging the hierarchy which places fine art above applied arts. In this exhibition 'Pattern and Decoration' McBride also examines the legacy and influences in her own work of the seminal 1970's art movement of the same name.

Rita McBride, born in 1960 in Des Moines (Iowa), is well known both in Europe and in the USA for a research that smartly blends tropes from minimalist sculpture, industrial design and modernist architecture.
In her sculptures and installations, Rita McBride explores public space, architecture, and the built environment, playing with scale and materials to transform the familiar into the unexpected. Drawing on the visual language of Minimalist sculpture and Modernist architecture, McBride simultaneously alludes to and subverts their utopian aspirations and notions of technological, industrial progress. 
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