Do patterns of nature, of evolution and architecture, disguise themselves from view? Patterns whose detection and recognition allow us a new understanding of the natural and constructed world?
The images in Pattern World are composed in an attempt to decode, making the DNA of nature and architecture visible. Media Kinetic Artist Andree Verleger is not a photographer in the classic sense. His compositions combine light, sound, space, kinetics, robotics and cognition in unexpected ways to guide the viewer out of habitual patterns of sight and thought. Unfamiliar dramas of sight and recognition are a key theme of this book. Andree describes himself as an image-maker who travels the world in pursuit of discovery. An image can provide the content or starting point for a new assignment within a different context. Or a new approach can emerge from the act of taking a simple photograph. The camera's viewfinder becomes the medium of composition. The photo becomes the possibility of discovering a state that was once concealed.
Traveling by plane, Andree has always shot photographs from a bird's-eye view, taking these images as a source from which to decipher the code of a respective landscape or surrounding. Is the design of a given city representative of its country? Is there regularity to a country's geography? Do the fields of China point to different patterns than the fields of Europe? Do buildings of cities and landscapes have their own distinctive handwriting? Revealing an architectonic or evolutionary algorithm? There are no clear answers to these questions. The compositions in Pattern World are creatively staged to appeal to the visual and electrical impulses of our thought. They unleash a cognitive current that flow to a hidden pattern behind customary ways of looking at the world.