Another recent Fountainhead alum, Ryan Roa, presents a very physical sculpture made from brown leather bungee cords, the one piece that is framed in the window facing out to the street and its Lincoln Road crowds. Roa, a New York-based artist, has attached some 160 of these chords from wall to floor, creating a sculpture visitors can walk around to observe the dimensions and geometry. In this case, Agrò Androff calls the work “drawing that comes to life,” an evocative way to think of this exploration of pattern and structure.
Next to it, an installation has been site-specifically created by local artist Temisan Okpaku, with brightly colored, geometric ink-jet prints intentionally tacked lightly to the walls, so the paper seems to continue to move or flap. It’s hard to detect at first the very thin, fluorescent colored threads that are stretched in front of the prints; the center installers decided to tape the piece off so that you don’t move through these threads. That’s fair enough, but it makes it lose some of its physicality.
In the final project space is a video from artist and Rhode Island School of Design professor Anne Spalter. Her kaleidoscopic aerial view of a traffic circle morphs into a blooming flower and a splintered geometric pattern, just like those kaleidoscopes we gazed into as children. This is likely the top crowd-pleaser of the exhibit, as its beauty and study of pattern are immediately apparent. But variety is what makes Unpredictable Patterns unpredictably interesting. Thankfully, it manages to offer up a diversity of forms and styles while sticking within a coherent theme, without being too messy.