AUGUST 3 – AUGUST 27, 2018


The H/OURS Collective and the FRITZ Gallery are pleased to present HOLDING PATTERN, an exhibition featuring printmaking and embroidery work by Christina Humphreys, Sammi McLean, and Ashley Ortiz-Diaz.

HOLDING PATTERN navigates the various circuitous routes we take from one destination to another. Converging on suspended activity in these transitional environments, this body of work includes embroidery, printmaking and installation. Each artist wavers between traditional imagery, and experimental processes that expose the making of itself. Christina Humphreys painstakingly embroiders abstract digital images that resemble known surfaces; Sammi McLean treats layered fabrics with repeating text as a communication device; Ashley Ortiz-Diaz uses ephemeral printmaking techniques to contemplate mortality via known geometric forms. Trapped in the in-between of these routes, each artist is seeking permission to advance in HOLDING PATTERN.

The opening night will take place on Friday, August 3, from 6-9pm. The Fritz Gallery is located upstairs at 1608 S. Dixie Hwy in West Palm Beach. There will a $5 donation at the door. For more information, please feel free to email hourscollectivewpb@gmail.com, or call (561) 352-1925. For a private viewing, please email amber@hourscollective.org.


Christina Humphreys (b. 1990, San Francisco, CA) is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Florida. Working in a variety of media, her work employs textile arts, painting, and digital media to investigate contemporary anxieties surrounding technology and gender. Utilizing seemingly mundane materials, images and words, she simultaneously evokes the sentimental and technological to reflect on themes of perception in the digital age. She is currently living and working in San Francisco, CA. She received her BFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida in 2013.

Sammi McLean (b. 1989, Lake Worth, FL) was born and raised in South Florida. She is a hybridized maker, working with sculpture and new technology through the lens of printmaking. Assuming there is some hidden pattern or code to unmask in our experiences, Mclean's work makes connections by forging a path to a piece that is missing, or by creating some semblance of intimacy with familial objects and imagery. Embracing chance, her imagery is fragmented and layered to create misrepresentations of information that oscillates between memories and documented experiences. McLean received her MFA from Florida Atlantic University in Printmaking and has been awarded the Lynn Travis Stendor Women in the Visual Arts Scholarship, Rothenberger Fellowship and the Friedland Project Grant.

Ashley Ortiz-Diaz (b. 1991, Gainesville, FL) is a printmaker focusing on visual methods that address mortality. Using geometric forms that resemble places of rest, her work is a meditation on eternal place. The point, the line and the plane are the foundation of Euclidean geometry and how we’ve come to understand abstract space. Ashley Ortiz-Diaz is a current MFA candidate at University of Florida in Gainesville. Ortiz-Diaz’s driving force in creating work in this vein is to take the taboo out of open conversations about death and dying.