Björkholmen Gallery

Anoka Faruqee

Moirés have a fascinating, stubborn logic that parallels various phenomena in the physical world, such as wave formations, stress patterns, and magnetic fields. Anoka Faruqee's recent paintings explore this interference effect: she overlay two or more offset patterns and the fusion creates another pattern that is quite unlike and much more complex than any of the individual ones. Moirés are also a common unwanted residue of digital and print imagery, when pixelation or banding misregisters. At the heart of the moiré phenomenon is the gulf between what is described (circle on circle, for instance) and what is ultimately experienced. This translation, a type of ?aliasing?, implies deception or even corruption. But for her, the phenomenon not only exemplifies the plasticity of perception, but also models the dynamism of the physical world.