"Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior" at ArtCenter/South Florida

Temisan Okpaku's "Intenxion" is part of "Unexpected Patterns of Behavior," continuing through July 28 at ArtCenter/South Florida in Miami Beach. (ArtCenter/South Florida/Courtesy / June 7, 2013)

If the title of the "Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior" exhibit at ArtCenter/South Florida sounds a bit intellectual, well, you're not wrong.

But you'll hardly need a degree in particle physics to appreciate this show, says guest-curator, Ombretta Agrò Andruff.

"I don't exactly have a mathematical brain either," admits Andruff, of Miami, with a laugh. She says she studied mathematical patterns "obsessively" for four years before creating the exhibit, redeveloped here from a New York show in 2012. "But the exhibit came to me because I was intrigued by the link between visual arts and mathematics, and seeing the art in patterns that repeat in nature. Our lives are constantly surrounded by these artistic patterns, and we don't even know it."

Loaning their art for the occasion are a dozen current and former artists-in-residence at ArtCenter and at artist residencies at Miami's Deering Estate and Fountainhead Residency. A total of 26 works on display reference everything from geometry to fractals, ranging from a tree with neon lightsaber-style "branches" to a grid-like piece crafted from 160 fully-stretched bungee cords.


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Fountainhead artist Temisan Okpaku's series "Intenxion," for example, depicts seven warped-looked inkjet prints of soundwave patterns arranged in a crescent shape along one gallery wall. Taut guitar strings connect each print, criss-crossing the space like spider webs. ("It's a tongue-in-cheek reference to string theory," Andruff says with a laugh.)

As an exhibit that marks the 30th anniversary of ArtCenter, a longtime Miami Beach artist incubator and gallery, the display deserved some extra space to breathe, Andruff says.

ArtCenter's Richard Shack Gallery will carry most of the works, while the Project 924 space down the street holds three site-specific installations. Ramon Bofill's "Rhombi: Orange, Turquoise, White 1 & 2" depicts teal, orange and white geometric shapes. Meanwhile, Matt Sheridan's "Painting in Motion" video series fills two galleries with animated, wall-projected arrows and paintbrush strokes, illustrating the process of organic art creation using lines.

"The color effects are bright and illuminating. It's like walking into a three-dimensional painting," says Andruff. "These artists are all playing with geometric patterns."

"Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior"

When: through July 28

Where: ArtCenter/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach (inside Richard Shack Gallery) and Project 924, 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: 305-674-8278, ArtCenterSf.org