December 14, 2017

Purdue Galleries presents exhibit TESSELLATED

Galleries geometric Samantha Holmes, Geometric Application XII, 2017. Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Galleries’ Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center will display the work of contemporary artists Jackie Head and Samantha Holmes from Jan. 8 to Feb. 17.

Inspired by mosaics and tessellated patterns, U.S.-based artists Holmes and Head are paired in this exhibition to provide a look at how ancient practices continue to inform contemporary art.

Indiana-based artist Head works in slip cast tiles to create site-specific installations. Penrose tiling and tessellated patterns are at the root of her work. Head’s installations alter the interior environment through the subtlety found in the repetition of handmade elements.

Trained as a mosaicist in the Byzantine tradition, Holmes of New York recontextualizes sacred forms and materials to explore the disparity between certainties of ideology and the fractured nature of contemporary living. She employs patterns and symbols sourced from religion, science and art history to call into question underlying assumptions of the world around us.

An opening reception with both guest artists will take place from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Jan. 11 in Ringel Gallery.

The Robert L. Ringel Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 am. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. All Purdue Galleries exhibits and events are free and open to the public.

For class and group visits, contact Erika Kvam at Purdue Galleries at 765-494-3061. For more information, visit or follow @PurdueGalleries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Purdue News Service: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, 

Source: Erika Kvam, 765-494-3061,

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