Museum: Modular Repetition


I finally remembered to take the camera out to the new Nerman museum. In fact, my gal and I went out just to take picts, and I thought I’d focus on this piece first. This is the only piece that I forgot to take a reference shot of the artist’s info, so until my gal has lunch in the museum cafe and can sleuth the name, we’ll just call the artist Dropstitch Weft. This work is in the new Nerman Museum of Comterporary Art at the Johnson County
Community College in Overland Park (Cupcake Land), Kansas. This is the only
contemporary museum in Kansas, although just a White
Flight away are the great museums of Kansas City, MO.
Who would have guessed, another modern art museum with examples of Modular Repetition: MR-Repeating like forms with resultant grouping effect wherein individual forms are perceived as structure of larger mass. Forms can be uniquely created  for this purpose, or common objects recontextualized. (for more MR see two posts back…)



An aspect of the aesthetic experience of Modular Repetition is explained by the Principle of Perception of Gestalt Psychology as Closure– a tendency to perceive a set of individual elements as a single, recognizable pattern,  rather than multiple, individual elements.

This aesthetic is derived from the strict formal character of Minimalism’s conceptual bias. The altered context of the modular item strips it of its common use. The item is given a new context as media. Pop Art also utilizes the industrial everyday object, and since these are Pop-Bottle tops one might lean toward pidgeonholing it with the Pop movement; however this work has none of the socio-political references of the Pop Movement, focusing instead on the specific media without it’s cultural significance.
Weft brings an interesting shift to MR, fusing it with a Textile aesthetic. This rich tapestry is created with round bottle caps and rectangular bottle neck-bands (I think) The heavy dose of Obsessive Compulsive tying of the caps, in this instance meets with the general OCD of Textiles and so, blends into the logic of the process.





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