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Brigitte Engler: Chance Encounters

Patterning

Installation view, Patterning, works by Lauren Luloff, Benedict Scheuer, Padma Rajendran, and Aparna Sarkar.

This season’s inaugural group show brings together artists considering pattern across a range of media, forging new connections between textile and painting, ceramic, and printmaking. Working and reworking material through felting, weaving, mark-making, and dyeing, these artists explore the repetition inherent to pattern in both process and form. Pattern—often relegated to the margin—becomes the center, whether conceptually or compositionally. 

In these works, patterns and textiles hold histories and narratives both personal and collective, offering insights into familial, cultural, and material memory rooted in the texture of daily life. Patterning includes works by Lauren Luloff, Joiri Minaya, Alyssa Sakina Mumtaz, Padma Rajendran, Aparna Sarkar, Benedict Scheuer, and Pallavi Sen.

Installation view, Chance Encounters, works by Brigitte Engler.

Our adjacent viewing room features Chance Encounters, a solo presentation of abstract paintings on plywood and needlepoint works by Brigitte Engler. Evoking trompe l’œil, Engler’s intricate needlepoints emulate a woodgrain pattern she found printed on a cardboard box in New York’s East Village—her home since leaving Paris in 1980 to attend the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program.

Engler’s paintings are also the product of a chance encounter: this time with paper collages of parquet tile patterns that were discarded by her children’s school. She digitally enlarges and recreates the collages in acrylic gouache, achieving a verisimilitude down to the idiosyncratic cuts and irregular tears of the paper. Engler’s reworking of found patterns in different media draws attention to their constituent parts. As French poet Emmanuelle Guattari has written on Engler’s needlepoints, the works operate “like pixels in a photograph. They take us to the center of an image of the material world to the point where the image dissolves itself.”

Installation view, Patterning, works by Lauren Luloff, Benedict Scheuer, Padma Rajendran, and Aparna Sarkar.

This season’s inaugural group show brings together artists considering pattern across a range of media, forging new connections between textile and painting, ceramic, and printmaking. Working and reworking material through felting, weaving, mark-making, and dyeing, these artists explore the repetition inherent to pattern in both process and form. Pattern—often relegated to the margin—becomes the center, whether conceptually or compositionally.

In these works, patterns and textiles hold histories and narratives both personal and collective, offering insights into familial, cultural, and material memory rooted in the texture of daily life. Patterning includes works by Lauren Luloff, Joiri Minaya, Alyssa Sakina Mumtaz, Padma Rajendran, Aparna Sarkar, Benedict Scheuer, and Pallavi Sen.

Installation view, Chance Encounters, works by Brigitte Engler.

Our adjacent viewing room features Chance Encounters, a solo presentation of abstract paintings on plywood and needlepoint works by Brigitte Engler. Evoking trompe l’œil, Engler’s intricate needlepoints emulate a woodgrain pattern she found printed on a cardboard box in New York’s East Village—her home since leaving Paris in 1980 to attend the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. 

Engler’s paintings are also the product of a chance encounter: this time with paper collages of parquet tile patterns that were discarded by her children’s school. She digitally enlarges and recreates the collages in acrylic gouache, achieving a verisimilitude down to the idiosyncratic cuts and irregular tears of the paper. Engler’s reworking of found patterns in different media draws attention to their constituent parts. As French poet Emmanuelle Guattari has written on Engler’s needlepoints, the works operate “like pixels in a photograph. They take us to the center of an image of the material world to the point where the image dissolves itself.”

INSTALLATION IMAGES

Installation view, Patterning, works by Benedict Scheuer, Alyssa Sakina Mumtaz, and Pallavi Sen.
Installation view, Patterning, works by Joiri Minaya, Pallavi Sen, and Lauren Luloff.
Installation view, Patterning, works by Brigitte Engler and Pallavi Sen.
Installation view, Patterning, works by Padma Rajendran.

INDIVIDUAL ARTWORKS

Benedict Scheuer, Meditation on August 31, 2022, 2022, hand dyed 8mm habotai silk, 45 x 22 1/2 in.

Benedict Scheuer, Snake Dream, 2022, hand dyed 8mm habotai silk, 45 x 69 in.

Pallavi Sen, After Gardening in 2020, 2023, linocut on handmade paper, 53 x 37 in.

Pallavi Sen, Draft for Tiled Bathroom or Weaving, 2023, colored pencil and graphite, 30 ⅛ x 22 ⅛ in.

Joiri Minaya, Body Imprint II/Body Smudge II, 2019, diptych, monoprint, 24 5⁄8 x 32 1⁄4 in. each, framed.

Padma Rajendran, Lamp Stairs, 2021, glaze on stoneware, 12 3/4 x 13 x 1 in.

Padma Rajendran, Lemon Life, 2018, acrylic, paper, felt, polyester, silk, stitching on fabric, 48 x 28 in.

Padma Rajendran, Blue Flower, 2022, felted wool and silk, 15 ½ x 13 ½ in.

Padma Rajendran, Mastheads and Mountains, 2022, felted wool and silk, 16 x 14 in.

Lauren Luloff, Dark Flower, 2022, dyed silk, 21 1/4 x 22 1/2 in.

Lauren Luloff, Boats at Night, 2023, dyed silk, 61 1/2 x 42 3/4 in.

Lauren Luloff, Blue Stripe (Landscape), 2021, dyed silk, 16 x 13 3/4 in.

Aparna Sarkar, Vase I, 2023, glazed earthenware, 18 x 10 x 10 in.

Aparna Sarkar, Block I, 2023, glazed earthenware, 12 x 12 x 1 in.

Aparna Sarkar, Being Held (On Fire), 2023, glazed earthenware, 15 x 10 x 2 in.

Alyssa Mumtaz, Rizq 01, 2023, woodblock print on gampi paper, image: 24 x 18 in., sheet: 26 x 20 in.

Alyssa Mumtaz, Rizq 05, 2023, woodblock print on gampi paper, image: 24 x 18 in., sheet: 26 x 20 in.

Alyssa Mumtaz, Rizq 06, 2023, woodblock print on gampi paper, image: 24 x 18 in., sheet: 26 x 20 in.

Brigitte Engler, Rhythm and Disruption #2 (taupe and blue), 2020-2023, gouache acrylic on birch panel in maple frame designed by the artist, 17 1⁄2 x 17 1⁄2 x 1 1⁄2 in. framed, 12 x 12 x 1⁄4 in. unframed.

Brigitte Engler, Rhythm and Disruption #1 (orange and green), 2020-2023, gouache acrylic on birch panel in maple frame designed by the artist, 17 1⁄2 x 17 1⁄2 x 1 1⁄2 in. framed, 12 x 12 x 1⁄4 in. unframed.

Brigitte Engler, Rhythm and Disruption #3 (red and white), 2020-2023, gouache acrylic on birch panel in maple frame designed by the artist, 17 1⁄2 x 17 1⁄2 x 1 1⁄2 in. framed, 12 x 12 x 1⁄4 in. unframed.

Brigitte Engler, Rhythm and Disruption #5 (red and blue), 2020-2023, gouache acrylic on birch panel in maple frame designed by the artist, 17 1⁄2 x 17 1⁄2 x 1 1⁄2 in. framed, 12 x 12 x 1⁄4 in. unframed.

Brigitte Engler, Rhythm and Disruption #4 (red and yellow), 2020-2023, gouache acrylic on birch panel in maple frame designed by the artist, 17 1⁄2 x 17 1⁄2 x 1 1⁄2 in. framed, 12 x 12 x 1⁄4 in. unframed.

Brigitte Engler, Rhythm and Disruption #7 (black and white), 2020-2023, gouache acrylic on birch panel in maple frame designed by the artist, 17 1⁄2 x 17 1⁄2 x 1 1⁄2 in. framed, 12 x 12 x 1⁄4 in. unframed.

Brigitte Engler, Rhythm and Disruption #6 (yellow and black), 2020-2023, gouache acrylic on birch panel in maple frame designed by the artist, 17 1⁄2 x 17 1⁄2 x 1 1⁄2 in. framed, 12 x 12 x 1⁄4 in. unframed.

Brigitte Engler, Concrete Poetry (Zebra Panel), 1995, wool on embroidery canvas on panel in birch frame designed by the artist, 17 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. framed, 12 x 12 in. unframed.

Brigitte Engler, Concrete Poetry (Mahogany Panel), 1990, wool on embroidery canvas on panel in birch frame designed by the artist, framed: 26 x 26 x 1 3/8 in., unframed: 29 x 25 1/2 x 1 3/8 in.

Brigitte Engler, Concrete Poetry (Gold Pine Panel), 1991, wool on embroidery canvas on panel in birch frame designed by the artist, framed: 26 x 26 x 1 3/8 in., unframed: 29 x 25 1/2 x 1 3/8 in.