Dark Decor

  • Richard Kalina, Form Follows Function, 1989. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Susan Hiller, Landing, 1986. Courtesy of Pat Hearn Gallery, New York.

  • Philip Taaffe, Four Quad Cinema, 1986. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, New York.

  • Richard Milani, Boucher Blue, 1988. Collection of William S. Ehrlich.

Curated by Tina Potter, Janine Cirincione

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.



Janine Cirincione

Janine Cirincione is a curator and multimedia artist who currently serves as co-director of Sean Kelly Gallery. Cirincione is a former partner at the Upper East Side Tilton Gallery.  As an artist, she has shown in numerous galleries both domestically and internationally, and was an artist in residence at the Wexner Center in 1993. She has contributed to anthologies such as Through the Looking Glass: Artists’ First Encounters With Virtual Reality, Softworld 2.1: The Imperial Message, and Titus Kaphar, Classical Disruption.


touring schedule

Florida Gulf Coast Art Center
Belleair, FL, United States
December 11, 1992 - February 7, 1993

San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose, CA, United States
July 12, 1992 - October 11, 1992

DePree Art Center, Hope College
Holland, MI, United States
January 10, 1992 - March 6, 1992

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