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On time and innovative. These words describe the vibrant colors and engaging dimensionality of Patrick Schmidt’s art work. The entire front room of the Todd Weiner Gallery will transform into an installation of color, line, and shape. Schmidt will utilize paint and tape running from the ceiling, onto the floors, and out the front window into the street. Pulling its form from the two-dimensional works on the wall, the immersive installation will envelope the viewer as they weave between 5 foot sculptures. The acrylic paintings on canvas that hang in the room are comprised of overlapping brightly colored geometric shapes. Many layers and angled forms build the paint off the canvas and create an illusion of depth with pattern.
Schmidt’s intention is to use pattern as a metaphor to explore identity in the digital age. He appropriates image patterns from many digital technology sources and reduces them to line drawings overlaying them with ancient and contemporary archetypes to create a new “all-embracing design”. Color choice is important to Schmidt. In his artist statement he asserts, “As a painter, I value the primacy of color in my work. Because pigment suggests an inner energy, enhances ties to identity, and strengthens cultural bonds, I manipulate the combined effect of line, color, and shape into a cultural mythology in which everything happens at once.”