Fahnestock, Higby-Flowers and Warren open at the Frist

Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Pattern Recognition: Art and Music Videos in Middle Tennessee featuring COOP members McLean Fahnestock, Morgan Higby-Flowers and John Warren

April 29–October 8, 2017

McLean Fahnestock. The Sun Taught Me How to Set (still), 2014. High-definition color
video with stereo sound; 4 minutes, 48 seconds. © McLean Fahnestock

Pattern Recognition brings together videos and digital photographs by four artists working in the Middle Tennessee region. Absorbing and unpredictable, the works in the exhibition resist linear narrative. Instead, they explore the technical capacity of digital media to alter our sense of time and reality, showing natural and computer-generated patterns that weave, ripple, and flow in unexpected ways.

The title alludes to the computer science term for the study and organization of information across the spectrum. While in technology the goal is to gain hard knowledge of how linked systems behave, this exhibition’s artists combine and manipulate complex data into irrational patterns evoke memory, mystery, and disturbance.

In their animated landscapes, geometrical compositions, and other invented scenarios, the artists in Pattern Recognition find common ground in the expressive potential of digital media, devising patterns of sensation that rise from deep within the technologically enhanced imagination.

Pattern Recognition also features a selection of music videos that extend the exhibition’s theme of repetition or abstraction as devices to alter perception. These collaborations between area musicians and videographers employ marvelous, playful, and often psychedelic optics to express the underlying spirit of these songs.

The exhibition features the work of visual artists
McLean Fahnestock
Morgan Higby-Flowers
Joon Sung
John Warren

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