October arrived swiftly and without fanfare, the cold air slowly slipping into our days, which grow a little bit shorter as winter approaches. The arrival of autumn sees people settling into their homes, hunkering down, finding comfort in subtle moments of meaning. We are each taking what we have learned during the pandemic, and are bringing these new tools into our everyday routines. With the harvest season, we find a steady rhythm in working towards the goals we have set, and seeing those efforts come to fruition.
In curating this collection by Cristobal (Tola) Navarro, we wanted to highlight art that represents the natural rhythms and repetitions of the seasons. Our series exudes a quiet confidence and sense of determination. The artwork we have developed with Tola continues his signature style of organic yet geometric paper folds. The quality of the folds often recall an aerial view of mountains or dunes, giving them a grounding, earthy quality that allows the viewer to feel both empowered and balanced. The abstract lines and shapes create a variety of visual paths for the eye to follow, so each viewer can make their own way through the composition.
The pieces are grounded in a monochromatic black and white color palette, which contain subtle undertones of warm and cool colors, giving the viewer space to focus their attention on the rhythmic patterns of the compositions. The sparse colors represent the simplicity of the season — grey skies, fallen leaves, crisp air — as well as the pure sense of determination that we find in moments of contrast.