July 14 – August 5, 2018
TINA RATH | The Order of Beauty
drawings & jewelry
reception July 14, 5-7pm at the gallery
lecture July 13, 7pm Brooklyn Metal Works
Order of Beauty, consists of nine drawings and nine pieces of jewelry that take inspiration from the Islamic usage of geometry and pattern to elevate the mind. In the Islamic world, these visually rich forms, most often seen in mosques and spiritually important areas, are intended to remind us of the infinite beauty and expansion of the Universe. For Rath, the pursuit of beauty feels like a necessary and radical act and the order and structure of the layers provide solace and hope in an increasingly chaotic and unstable world.
Tina Rath is an American artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rath’s practice moves fluidly between studio jewelry, drawing and printmaking. Sometimes durational, often physically strenuous and always executed with a high attention to detail and a deep interest in process, she explores ideas in distinct bodies of work and projects.
Her work has been exhibited internationally including the Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam, Portland Museum of Art, in Portland, ME and at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission and has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design in NYC and the Mint Museum. Her work can also be found in numerous magazines and books and in many private collections. Rath has lectured throughout the US and has been a Visiting Artist at numerous institutions including Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and San Diego State University. She has taught workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and was an Artist-In-Residence at Kala Institute in Berkeley, CA and at Haystack.
Preferring natural materials that have stood the test of time, Tina taps into the inherent beauty and “life force” or vitality that exists in exotic hardwoods, leathers, metal and gemstones to name a few. Obsessed with time, her approach often results in repetitive movements or marks that result in forms that are time and labor intensive. Sometimes this results in accumulations often in service to Tina as a way to focus and concentrate her mind allowing for a momentary sense of timelessness or deep stillness.