“A quilter for 15 years,” Kent Williams writes in his artist’s statement, “I was always on the lookout for patterns, and what I began to notice was that the really interesting patterns — to me, anyway — were now coming from the computer realm: circuit boards, chip designs, even code, with its orderly arrangement of tabs and indents.”
Williams’ patterns are on view at the Central Library as part of an exhibit called New Work, which features the former quilter’s work as well as that of Keith Nelson, who creates sculptural collages with found materials.
Williams moves from his analog past as a quilter to the digital future by using image-processing software to piece together prints that consist of many discrete pieces. His goal, he writes, “is to capture the patterns of our time using the tools of our time.”
He uses Photoshop and Illustrator to create pictures that he hopes will speak for themselves, he writes. But if not, he’s sure that “Google is working on an algorithm that will explain everything.”
Williams’ prints are on display on the third floor of the Central Library until Dec. 23.
— Jeanne Kolker