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Ezra Wube

Pattern Synthesis

Through animation, Ezra Wube explores his own mobility and experience of different spaces between Ethiopia and the United States.

Ezra Wube. Pattern Synthesis, 2018. Video still.

Patterns are all around us and inside of us. They can be visible, as in the windows of a building or stripes on a Zebra, or hidden as in the fractal nature of trees and rocks. They can be personal, how one functions in the everyday or societal such as the trends of an era or generation. I believe patterns can be timely and comforting due to their sameness, however Philip Ball in his book “Patterns in Nature” theorized that pattern is created from the disruption of regularity.

In this animation short, collective and continuously reforming patterns are created.

Created at Children’s Museum of Manhattan Artist Residency Program
This animation was made in collaboration with the museum’s visitors exploring patterns.


About the Artist

Ezra Wube (b. 1980, Ethiopia) is a mixed media artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His work references the notion of past and present, the constant changing of place, and the dialogical tensions between “here”and “there”. His exhibitions include Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju South Korea (2018), Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, NY (2017); The 13th Biennial de Lyon, Lyon, France (2015); Dak’Art 2014 Biennale, Dakar, Senegal (2014); The 18th International Festival of Contemporary Art SESC_Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2013); and At the Same Moment, Time Square Arts Midnight Moment, New York, NY (2013).