hopsack variations
emma paton

3 - 21 March 2015

Paton gained a Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT in 2000. The works in Hopsack Variations use pattern to investigate the dichotomous yet complementary relationship between order and disruption. Nuance and discrepancy and therefore variety are created by chance: the accidental brush mark, uneven pressure applied to the pencil. Through the employment of both order and disruption, these paintings are regular but not regular.

Patterns within patterns emerge. The composition is stabilised by the vertical and horizontal axes of symmetry which allow the complexity and rhythm of the pattern to flourish. Without stabilisation the delicate balance between the regular and irregular can founder.

Paton is particularly interested in theories of pattern and colour from the Bauhaus especially those of Klee, and Josef and Anni Albers. These Bauhaus weavers embraced his ideas around composition and pattern and made them appropriate to the loom. Of this Paton says “the planning drawings and paintings from the weaving workshop are a wonderful codified language of instruction and often very beautiful”.

Pink Yellow Lime Diamonds, 2014. Gouache on paper. 48 x 33.5 cm

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Blue Green Yellow, 2014. Gouache on paper. 48 x 33.5 cm

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Blue Yellow Circles Diamonds, 2014. Gouache on paper. 48 x 33.5 cm

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Diamonds Ovals, 2014. Gouache on paper. 29.7 x 21cm

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Hexagons Stripes, 2014. Gouache on paper. 29.7 x 21cm

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Ochre White Grey, 2014. Gouache on paper. 29.7 x 21cm

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Pattern 3, 2014. Gouache on paper 48 x 33.5 cm

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Pattern Blue Yellow, 2014. Gouache on paper. 29.7 x 21cm

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Pattern Red Orange Blue, 2014. Gouache on paper. 29.7 x 21cm

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Pattern Stripes Diamonds, 2014. Gouache on paper. 29.7 x 21cm

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Red Pattern, 2014. Gouache on paper 29.7 x 21cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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