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Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery Presents "Pattern and Repetition," a Four-person Exhibition of Painting, Sculpture, and Mixed-media Works

BOSTON (August 11, 2010) — Simmons College presents "Pattern and Repetition," a four-person show of paintings, wall sculpture, and mixed-media works by Diane Ayott, Kristina Bell DiTullo, Candy Nartonis, and Sarah Sutro, September 1 — 30, at the Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery, fourth floor, Main College Building, 300 The Fenway, in Boston.

There will be a reception with the artists on Tuesday, September. 7, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Curated by Trustman Gallery Director Michele Cohen, the exhibition brings together the work of four artists, who despite stylistic and conceptual differences, all intuitively employ pattern and repetition as a formal device. Using a variety of techniques and materials that range from painted wood panels to collaged Band-Aids®, these artists share a fascination with structure derived from repetitive shapes and color: the whole is the sum of its parts. Each artist generates myriad visual solutions using a limited palette of color and form to test their ingenuity and delight the viewer with subtle variations of texture, pattern, and color. As Cohen observed, the exhibition is fundamentally about "careful looking."

Diane Ayott's acrylic and oil on panel paintings are complex pointillist layerings, made from effervescent colorful circles, ovals, dots, and dashes. Though often small in size, they are dense, rewarding the viewer with a dazzling play of color and sumptuous texture, sometimes revealing a hidden form. The paintings cohere around an underlying grid, but like a delicate mesh, it fades from view. Ayott explains, "I do not use repetition in a mechanical way but in a more meditative way, following the rhythm that evolves within the making of my art." Ayott earned her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1997 and is an associate professor at Montserrat College of Art. She has exhibited at the Fitchburg Art Museum, Art Complex Museum, and the Danforth Museum as well as Kathryn Markel Fine Art and OK Harris in New York City and the Women Made Gallery in Chicago She lives and works on Boston's North Shore.

Kristina Bell DiTullo's bandage series triggers associations with injury and healing, but the Band-Aid® collages also illustrate a fascinating compositional variety constructed from an architecture of adhesive and cotton. Inventive and obsessive, DiTullo arranges neutral tones in artful ways to create zigzag patterns and modular blocks, forming dark accents simply by overlapping adhesive. As DiTullo notes, "I create my work to have a dialog at various levels, from the beauty of an aesthetic surface, to the deeper meaning behind my discoveries." DiTullo earned her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996 and an M.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. Her work has been shown at various locations, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN; the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, IL; and the Silvermine Guild Art Center Gallery in New Canaan, CT. Di Tullo currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Candy Nartonis created the installation, Repeat Performance, specifically for the Trustman Art Gallery.  As part of her Memory Blocks series, Nartonis uses color as a mnemonic device, explaining that "though the original source of the inspiration remains with me, each installation is meant to generate memory and longing in the viewer." Working within the parameters of various-sized modules, Nartonis brushes luscious earth-toned pigments on a plaster substrate, coated with highly polished wax glaze, to produce an architectural wall installation whose earth tones and textures simulate a leafy landscape. Best known as a printmaker, Nartonis has been exhibiting in Boston for over three decades and her work is in numerous public and private collections.  Other examples of her Memory Blocks are on view at the John Hancock Tower's Blue Glass Café and in the art collections of the Liberty Hotel and Berkshire Partners. Nartonis lives and works in Boston's South End.

Sarah Sutro's paintings made from overlapping marks of traditional plant-based dyes on hand-made paper reference the sensibility of stamped Asian fabrics and the natural landscapes of Bangladesh and Thailand, where Sutro has lived and worked. Sutro explains that the Raintree Series, "evokes earth, rain, wood, and seeds, and expresses the organic pattern beneath the chaos of nature." In the Molecular Music series, Sutro captures and transforms rhythms into a visual medium, using pattern and repetition in an intuitive way. She has exhibited widely here and abroad for over three decades and is the recipient of numerous artist fellowships and grants. Her work is in many collections, including Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, NY, and The Boston Athenaeum. Sutro is currently living and working in Oakland, California, although she retains a studio in western Massachusetts.

Trustman Gallery hours are 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact Marcia Lomedico at 617-521-2268 or visit the Trustman Art Gallery website.

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