black leather bound book with black geometric shapes inside; several of the pages fold out with small text phrases; poem at back; silver triangle on spine; accompanied with tri-fold brochure

%C2%A9 Harriet Bart %2F Mnemonic Press%2C Minneapolis

Patterns, 2016

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Patterns explores the visual and material relationship of parts to a larger, unseen whole. Featuring a combination of single-page and gatefold construction, this artist’s book presents a progression of abstract black silhouettes traced from paper sewing patterns used for the production of clothing. Harriet Bart’s austere black-and-white imagery serves as a counterpart to the haunting prose poem “Clothes” (1897) by Greek modernist poet Constantine P. Cavafy, which Bart presents in translation. In alluding to ideas of process, work, and gendered imagery, the book is a commemorative tribute to the frequently unheralded contributions of women’s labor within a patriarchal society.

Details
Title
Patterns
Artist Life
born 1941
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.61
Provenance
Mnemonic Press, Minneapolis (publisher); sold to MIA, 2017.
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black leather bound book with black geometric shapes inside; several of the pages fold out with small text phrases; poem at back; silver triangle on spine; accompanied with tri-fold brochure

© Harriet Bart / Mnemonic Press, Minneapolis