SPECTRUM // Art Center Sarasota
Spectrum is an experimental installation that embeds the independent work of three artists—Jackson Petty, Leah Rosenberg, and Nathan Skiles— within the "context of installations of visual and thematic patterns created by each artist," says exhibit coordinator Nathan Skiles. The works include new paintings and a textual wall installation by Petty, multicolored paint forms/sculpture and a striped wall work evoking remembered color by Rosenberg, with new collages and a large-scale vinyl wall application by Skiles.
"While each of us looks to visual and logical patterns for inspiration and context, Jackson's fascination with language and brain games evokes a playful antagonism between the structure of the game and the agency of the player," says Stiles. "Leah engages the complex workings of human emotion and the pursuit of happiness through color, form, flavor and arrangement, and I mine traditional arts and crafts to find lingering and vestigial meaning laying dormant and hiding in plain sight."
Sarasota resident Nathan Skiles graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design (Fine Arts) and Montclair State University (Studio Art) and exhibits his work at galleries and arts centers around the country. For his most recent series, "Will the Circle be Unbroken," his work incorporates a range of symbolic motifs to create a repository for diverse elements to co-exist and cross-contaminate in open-ended relationships. Info:www.nathanskiles.com.
A graduate of Ringing College of Art and Design, Jackson Ray Petty lives and works in Los Angeles. His artwork explores the potentiality of intention, often by referencing widely recognized systems, such as puzzle games, and exploiting the physicality of materials. Info: www.jacksonraypetty.com.
Using painting, sculpture, installation and pastry, San Francisco resident Leah Rosenberg explores how color, form, flavor and arrangements affect human emotion. Info:www.leahrosenberg.com.