Treble Flow, by Regina Jestrow, repeats solid, opaque triangles within larger hexagonal patterns, referencing how sections of a quilt may be arranged and sewn together to compose a free-form grid. Undulating lights and vibrant stripes create the illusion of depth extending from the interior walls. Jestrow activates the shallow space between window and wall using light as the intermediary to expand one’s sense of space between contrasting colored surfaces.
For the artist, quilting, knitting, and sewing are multigenerational. Jestrow’s mother knits, and these techniques are ingrained in her own artistic practice. There’s a connection to repurposing and building a form with materials at hand. Jestrow is inspired by scraps of fabric on the studio table, which, in her mind and in her hands, convey the possibilities of more expansive sculptural works. Her studio teems with all sorts of fabrics, sketches and collaged material. Treble Flow began with a series of material studies conducted on Jestrow’s studio windows, the design derived from an impromptu quilt she arranged a few years earlier. Comparable to the work of generations of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, quiltmakers–especially their use of unconventional patterns, unusual colors, and surprising formal rhythms–Jestrow considers the Walgreens space as a frame in which to produce a kind of visual tempo, with brightly colored stripes that intersect with hexagons and align with panes of the space’s large windows.