Dark Decor presents the work of 14 artists who share an interest in decorative and ornamental pattern. In the 26 stylistically diverse paintings, photographs, prints, installations, and mixed-media works in this exhibition the artists use pattern to present and organize visual images and material and to introduce aesthetic and extra-aesthetic issues. In these works pattern does not stand alone; it is a visual language, encoded by culture, which under scrutiny reveals sometimes dark, dangerous, or critical messages embedded within ornamentation. Collectively, and through their various investigations, critiques, and speculations, the artists call attention to social, cultural, and political concerns such as totalitarianism, war, AIDS, gender bias, cultural conditioning, race, feminism, urban decay, commodity culture, and the nature of aesthetic language.
Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, research and training opportunities for curators and diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that connects emerging and established curators, artists, and art spaces, forging international networks and generating new forms of collaborations. ICI provides access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.