Gallery Openings and Events

Athenaeum Gallery Presents Stephen Boocks and Reni Gower Pattern and Repetition

Above left: Feel Like a Tourist, Stephen Boocks, acrylic on wood panel, 48 x 48", 2017 Above right: Pivot.21, Reni Gower, acrylic on paper mounted on canvas covered panel, 38.5 x 27", 2014

Above left: Feel Like a Tourist, Stephen Boocks, acrylic on wood panel, 48 x 48″, 2017
Above right: Pivot.21, Reni Gower, acrylic on paper mounted on canvas covered panel, 38.5 x 27″, 2014

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Opening Reception: Sunday, May 21 from 4pm to 6pm

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Both Boocks and Gower explore repetition, precision, and randomness to create meditative and mesmerizing pieces – yet each artist’s practice results in distinctively different results.

Stephen Boocks, Partial Statement:
My art explores visual geometry, musical compositions, order, and randomness. I use grids as an underlying structure for each piece and typically start by assigning a system of “rules” which I then follow arbitrarily to develop a composition. This system follows the lead of minimalist composers Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Terry Riley, who have been very influential in my art. For example, I may decide a painting should have three squares of each color per row and column, or that the columns will follow a color pattern of 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, 4, 6, 8, etc. I play over these underlying structures with another, more stable system of dots that stabilize the work like a steady beat, or I paint flowing “tangles” which serve to either disrupt or flow along with the underlying pattern.

Reni Gower, Partial Statement:
My work is inspired by sacred geometry, which is thought to convey sacred and universal truths by reflecting the fractal interconnections of the natural world. By reiterating these patterns and ratios, my work unlocks the language of abstraction through the collective recognition of geometric perfection that is evident in ethnic patterns all around the world. This commonality creates connections. As such, my work is a perfect conduit for cross-cultural conversations that embrace and celebrate diversity.

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday, Friday, and Sunday: 12pm to 4pm
  • Saturdays: 1pm to 4pm

Athenaeum Gallery is located at 201 Prince St., Alexandria, VA. For more information, call 703.548.0035 or visit nvfaa.org.