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View of “Kamau Amu Patton,” 2015. From left: Untitled, 2014; Untitled, 2014; Untitled, 2014.

Kamau Amu Patton

Callicoon Fine Arts

View of “Kamau Amu Patton,” 2015. From left: Untitled, 2014; Untitled, 2014; Untitled, 2014.

In Kamau Amu Patton’s recent exhibition, chaotic input gave rise to surprisingly orderly results. Using electronic feedback as a generative force work, Patton allowed the technological to bleed into the more outwardly organic, showing multilayered prints rendered from screen grabs of a video produced by training a camera on a monitor receiving that camera’s signal. He also employed sound, broadcasting a related audio piece, via FM radio, into the gallery space and beyond.

Occupying the walls of the main gallery were seven large, scroll-like, unstretched canvases silk-screened—three times over—with dense black fields of interference. Beneath these patterns float soft-edged, amorphous blobs of bright acrylic color, applied with an airbrush, that add glimmers of light and depth. The overall texture resembles wood grain, while the tinting suggests a tapestry or rug. In the

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