Patterns & Meaning

The Artists:
November, 2012

Patterns & Meaning

featuring: Alan Klawans and Andrew Werth
This show runs from November 9, 2012 until December 2, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 3–6 pm


Artists' Gallery is pleased to present "Patterns & Meaning", an exhibition featuring the art of Alan J. Klawans and Andrew Werth. The show runs from Friday, November 9, through Sunday, December 2, 2012. A reception with the artists will be held at the gallery (18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ) from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

Patterns and Meaning
Using the formal terms of abstraction such as color, contrast, composition, and repetition, Klawans and Werth encourage viewers to explore the relationship between the visual image and meaning. Andrew Werth, a former computer engineer turned artist, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of mathematician Alan Turing by presenting paintings that use "Turing Patterns" for their underlying structure. Turing, in addition to being famous for his work on computer science, artificial intelligence, and cryptography, also wrote an influential paper describing how certain processes in nature could produce forms like the patterns on zebras and leopards.

Werth simulates these processes on the computer and embeds meaning in his images by twisting, tweaking, and otherwise transforming the patterns before turning them into paintings. He carefully designs the color transitions and then hand-paints thousands of individual marks of color so that the images have an optical depth that belies their flat surface.

Alan J. Klawans also uses the computer as a tool in the production of his artwork. He begins each piece with a single word and uses that as a starting point for an abstract design that reflects upon the word's meaning. The words he starts with are taken from contemporary media sources and cover a variety of subjects including architecture, games, climate change, economics, politics, and war. Klawans interprets his linguistic subjects into graphic arrangements of colors and shapes, using lines both for structure and for visual accents in his compositions. The result is a series of original, limited edition digital prints.

Klawans is an award-winning artist who brings his long experience as a design professional and instructor to his artwork. His work is included in the collections of many prominent institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Pennsylvania Historical Society, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Klawans lives in Willow Grove, PA.

Andrew Werth received degrees in Computer Engineering and Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University and has studied art at various schools in New York City including The Arts Students League, The School of Visual Arts, and The New School. His paintings have been exhibited at many tri-state venues from Philadelphia to New York. Werth lives in West Windsor, NJ.