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Look closely - can you see the pattern?
Prepare to be bedazzled by the latest GOMA Children's Art Centre exhibition, Jemima Wyman Pattern Bandits. In this free interactive exhibition visitors will be able to explore the idea of pattern in all its forms, how this can communicate identity and how it can help shape our view of the world. Pattern Bandits is now open just in time for the April school holidays and runs until November 2nd.
One of the first things you notice when stepping into the Pattern Bandits exhibition space is the striking use of colour. The display wall that beckons you down to the Children's Art Centre is bold and bright, along with the walls in the installation area. However upon closer inspection it's clear that colour and pattern have been used to designate zones throughout the exhibition. Within these zones are a number of hands-on activities that kids will love.
Investigate the power of optical illusion at the Spinning Wall Mandala Portal. Gain inspiration from the tie-dyed giant spinning wallpaper. Make your own collage at one of the work stations and then give it a whirl to see how it looks. Will your collage that you see, trick your brain into thinking that it is watching a moving image? You can then choose to contribute your artwork to the ever changing wall.
Giant Spinning Wall
Make your own collage
Give your collage a spin
At Kaleidoscopic Tessellations visitors will have the opportunity to investigate how pattern relates to maths, science and architecture. This area is made up of a number of workstations with various patterned blocks of differing size and shape. Combining this with mirrored backing and other reflective surfaces in this space, Jemima Wyman has effectively created a giant kaleidoscope where visitors also become part of its internal objects. How creative can you be at your own workspace? How do reflections of other people and objects impact your workspace?
A significant part of Jemima Wyman's work relates to textiles, clothing and masks. She thought it would be fun for children to design their own wearable patterns at the Pattern Action Zone. Kids can use templates and their imaginations to create their own bandana. There are even instructions for numerous ways to wear the bandana.
Design your own bandana
Following on from creating wearable art is a room showing Jemima's instructional video Pattern Power Moves 2014. Here, kids are encouraged to explore kinaesthetic and aural patterns like those found in music and dance. Not only do patterns feature in the video, but also in the room itself. Kids can create their own pattern to follow on the checkerboard floor and walls or try to track the reflections of the shiny disco ball.
Before exiting the Pattern Bandits exhibition visitors will be able to experience Harlequin Hallway. A little of the history behind the harlequin pattern is shared before we are transported through a frenzy of colour, shape and movement. This multimedia installation has several monitors displayed down the hallway. These are connected to cameras which respond to the movement of images in front of them. The patterns of people – their faces, their bodies, their clothing – are projected in this changing hallway.
Inside Harlequin Hallway
Jemima Wyman Pattern Bandits is a must-do experience for kids, families and all GOMA visitors. Once again the GOMA Children's Art Centre has delivered a stunning exhibition in conjunction with an extremely talented Australian contemporary artist. What's unique about Pattern Bandits is that it gives visitors the opportunity to explore not only the arts, but other areas including geometry, physics, and civics. It allows kids to ask a whole range of questions such as 'how does that work' or 'why do people choose to wear that pattern'. It also allows children to look for the order in a seemingly chaotic world, while at the same time encouraging creativity.
The Children's Art Centre at GOMA is on the park level. Entry to the exhibition is free. Make sure you check it out with your kids before it's too late. They will enjoy it so much that visiting will probably become a repeated pattern.