39th Street Gallery Host an Artist Talk with Pat Autenrieth

By Editorial Team on February 25, 2016
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Photo courtesy of 39th Street Gallery.


Artist Talk: Saturday, February 27 from 2pm to 4pm


Pat has been Gateways A.I.R. for the last 4 months. Join 39th Street Gallery as she talks about her work and her time at the Gateway Arts Center.

“Due to my previous life in painting, I always feel a little at odds with the craft world because I solve problems from a painter’s standpoint, not from the materiality of a craft artisan. However, I still share some of the craftsman’s love of material, and that’s partly why I stay with the quilt medium. I also stay because of my growing conviction about the vernacular arts. As such, quiltmaking is relatively free of theoretical baggage and I don’t feel as intellectually confined by the debates du jour.

My work in quilts, nonetheless, evolves directly from drawing as it is my best resource. I work improvisationally, using both popular and abstract images, to discover new approaches to my work. It is a process to help keep my quilts from looking schematicized and to give them a spontaneity this time-consuming medium often lacks.

I like to work with popular images, everyday life and common materials. My work usually combines drawing, collage, assorted printmaking methods, photography and the computer. I use the details of my own life to create or solve riddles-how things hide or are obscured, how many things compete for my attention, how I gravitate towards particular themes or techniques at particular times in my life. For instance, my work was figurative for several years, though I still consider myself a landscape painter. This being busy with the noise of life strengthens my belief that the universal evolves from the local.”

Gallery Hours:

  • Thursday and Friday: 7pm to 9pm
  • Saturday: 12pm to 3pm
  • and by appointment

39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.