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Inspired by the exhibition With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985, Pattern in Contemporary Film explores how pattern, decoration, and domestic subject matter are used in contemporary film and digital media. Pattern in Contemporary Film includes works by Brian O’Connell, Charles Woodman, Maternal Fantasies, and Jodie Mack.
In Pulse Generator Pastry (2016), Charles Woodman, son of artist Betty Woodman, repurposes patterns she prepared for ceramic sculptures as subjects for animation. Sculptor Brian O’Connell uses found patterns—cycles of the moon and sun, chapter headings in an Italo Calvino book—to lend form and color to his 16mm film Palomar (2015). Maternal Fantasies, a ten-person German collective, produces digital tableaux vivants that reconstitute classical and artistic references as discursive, poetic accounts of motherhood. Finally, filmmaker Jodie Mack renders an abstract landscape out of trinkets and costume jewelry in Something Between Us (2015).