Jack Featherly

Region: Pacific Coast

These paintings use an archaic visual language as a universal filter for redistributing meaning. ASCII codes appear in the paintings on various types of backgrounds. Functioning as literal op art, the code is hand-painted, which incorporates the likelihood of human error. The ASCII paintings are titled Unpattern to reference the way our eyes sort information and look for pattern. In this case, the pattern is a variable series of keystrokes that represent dark and light, but the distribution is forever uneven in its repetition, since it is applied to a representation of an object. In other paintings, found images are removed from their original context or presented without accompanying text. The images maintain their aesthetic power while functioning as blocks or sheets of color that obstruct concrete resolution.