RACINE — “lookforpattern: A solo show by Tim Abel” will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Racine Arts Council ArtSpace Gallery, 316 Sixth St.
The world is dictated by change, always becoming something other: day to night; seasonal shifts; growth to decay, etc. Tim Abel will use the gallery to showcase a collection of works that attempt to find temporary order in this constant motion. The works on paper and installations of paper that are arranged in the space will create a richly colored, patterned and layered environment. These works find a vocabulary of order by translating found pattern from natural and man-made structures ranging from quilting patterns to geology maps to honeycombs. The installations are temporary, the materials are ephemeral which plays with this tension between order and disorder.
As an artist, Abel is interested in exploring the dimensional potential of paper and tactile quality of sewing through creating process-based and site-responsive installations. He has exhibited his paper based-installations in soap factories, man-made lagoons and window-front galleries throughout the Midwest.
The exhibit continues through Jan. 21. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.