Featured Exhibition

Knots in the Stream: Mary Burger

February 10 – April 15, 2017

Knots in the Stream is a series of works by Oakland artist and poet Mary Burger. Inspired by ‘knot’ tiles, these works on paper call to mind the complex geometric patterns that decorate many traditional Islamic buildings. Alhambra Palace in Grenada, Spain, the namesake of our local Alhambra Creek, is one such building.

Historic knot patterns combine straight-edge shapes—stars, diamonds, and so on—in arrangements that often appear to interlace and overlap like woven straps, giving them the name ‘knot’. The most complex knot patterns appear to be nonperiodic, a type of pattern that can extend infinitely over a surface without repeating, introducing new combinations but never leaving a gap. For Burger, these suggest a model for finding order in chaos while allowing for variation and change.

The Studio Mind, situated on Alhambra Creek, is an ideal venue for showing these works that explore an artistic association in our midst that might otherwise be overlooked.