Grids and Gradients – Oak Park, Chicago 2022

Grids and Gradients Exhibition
July 31–August 20, 2022
Opening Reception: July 31, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Grids and Gradients features new and recent work by Compound Yellow’s Visiting Resident, Sofia Hagström Møller. These works are based on old weaving traditions from Scandinavia. Many of them are produced on modern digital looms, whilst using old traditional weaving techniques in the expression of patterns.

Sofia is working with gradients, in terms of colors, but she is also integrating grids as a visual contrast. Sofia says, “When I first saw the map of Chicago, what I noticed was that it was filled with grids, this is not usual for maps of cities in Europe. And for me as a weaver, what I saw was woven grids, of course. This served as both a visual and cultural counterpoint with gradients, which I have long been fascinated by in woven patterns.”

For Sofia’s newer works in Compound Yellow, she is integrating the color yellow. She will be exploring the various shades of yellow and bring them forward in her process of expression. How do the many nuances of yellow interact with the other color gradients, and how does the woven cloth enhance or detract from the saturation of yellow?