For more than a decade, Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg has been exploring the relationship between the commercial and the spiritual by borrowing designs from supermarket, big-box store and fast food restaurant logos to make large-scale cosmological diagrams and Buddhist mandalas. Installing these patterns across walls, floors and windows, she temporarily creates meditative spaces in public spaces of hospitals and museums. Now Klingberg is installing Wheel of Everyday Life at Rice University Art Gallery.
The kaleidoscopic patterns in Everyday Life feature such familiar names as Kmart, Heinz, Target, Charmin, even Star Pizza and Fiesta, for some truly site-specific flavor. The process for making the pattern is ''almost like embroidery or knitting,'' Klingberg tells us, ''but it's made at the computer.'' Once it's printed on vinyl, the pattern is installed in the gallery, in this case spreading into the foyer area and continuing up on the arched windows. ''I want to emphasize the viral aspect in the work,'' says Klingberg. ''The fact that visitors and students literally walk on the pattern and thus become part of the Wheel of Everyday Life makes the work more significant to me.''
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There's an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. January 31. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through March 17.
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