Frank Saliani’s exhibit is, in his own words, “an investigation of how form affects abstraction and our place in the world.” Essentially, Saliani conducts an experiment, of sorts, using his insights, observations and talent to create ceramic installations that reflect the patterns of the world. The pieces are composed of triads of form and color, each representative of specific facets of reason and understanding. Careful placement of each component creates a larger pattern that, when viewed as a whole, is reminiscent of the larger world that exists. It is difficult to ascertain what is more intriguing—the lengthy and involved process Saliani bases his work on or the final product of his efforts. By creating a system of patterns to work with, he uses rectilinear, arch and cylindrical forms to model specific larger patterns. The limits he creates within each system exist solely for himself, to be used throughout his process, but any observer can easily decipher the results, which are basic, yet profound. The viewer has the option of seeing as many or as few patterns as they would like to see. The work may stand alone as a single installation or sculpture, or can be viewed as a part of a greater whole. The experience leaves one with the feeling that science and art are connected, symbiotic and in Saliani’s work, harmonious, indeed. (Shama Dardai)
Through August 1 at Function + Art, 1046 W. Fulton.