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The new exhibition concept:

You can see the artworks here: Gallery Sun pieces

EMERGENCE AND SUTRAS

Emergent Nets: Optical Sutras is a series of artworks on paper and metal of geometric constructions. The title of the series and exhibition combines two concepts – Emergence, and Sutras.

In philosophy and systems theory, Emergence occurs when “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts,” meaning the whole has properties its parts do not have. These properties come about because of interactions among the parts. Emergence plays a central role in theories of integrative levels and of complex systems. For instance, the phenomenon of life as studied in biology is an emergent property of chemistry.

The Sanskrit word Sutra means “string or thread”. The root of the word is siv, that which sews and holds things together and is related to sūnā meaning “woven”. In literature, sūtra means a distilled collection of syllables and words, an aphorism, rule or direction, hanging together like threads with which the teachings of ritual, philosophy, grammar, or any field of knowledge can be woven.

OPTICAL SUTRAS

These artworks similarly, are composed by following short geometric rules that weave together to create an optical effect, to make a “kasina” – a Buddhist term for a visual object of meditation. The result is a complex net, path or structure, which has emerged by following a series of rules or procedures, and which possess variable beautiful effects which are revealed only at particular distances from the work. The details appear to be important, but they exist only to embody the system. The closer you get, the less meaning there is, while the further away you stand, the easier it is to comprehend.

The Emergent Net series are not only perceptual artworks, exploring visual phenomena, they are also intended to inspire philosophical contemplation. The winding paths, hidden patterns, and ordered complexity prompt musings on the nature of the cosmos and our challenge to see it clearly.

 

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I will be having two events in Taipei this October, a solo exhibition with all new content at Sun Gallery, several pieces from the Strange Creatures series in Art Taipei, and a talk too.

Save the dates, and I hope to see you there

Emergent Nets: Optical Sutras
Gallery Sun
2018.10.27 Sat 六 – 11.17 Sat 六
VIP Opening 貴賓招待會 10.26 Fri 五 6pm
You can see the artworks here: Gallery Sun pieces
Strange Creatures
Gallery Sun 尚畫廊 L04 Art Taipei
Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1
台北世界貿易中心一館
You can see the artworks here: Art Taipei pieces
Artist Talk 藝術家分享會 10.26 Fri 五 3-5pm
TAIPEI 101 International Conference Center
台北101國際會議中心
Registration required 名額有限,請先報名
+886 2 23257733
More details coming up once I have organized the logistics. Do check out my instagram page @richardhassellart for more updates too.
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Frog Star III

Frog Star III

Big and small frogs are closely packed into a star formation. Based on the Kite and Dart version of the Penrose Tiling, the red-eyed frogs are coloured in gold, teal and green. The entire star is also rather frog-like..it is easy to see the five-lobed shape as having a head and four webbed feet. Whilst the print has 5-fold rotational symmetry, the colouring using 3 colours does not.

 Frog Star III is the aluminium version, a Dibond print on routed aluminium panel around 1.2m in diameter. It is based on Frog Star I, a print that was presented to Roger Penrose in 2007. He kindly said it was the best tessellation he had seen based on his tiling.

Frog Star II is a smaller version on paper, around 0.7m in diameter, using less tiles, and is contained within Frog Star III. It has hand-applied gilding.

 

Tessellation based on the apocryphal story told by Stephen Hawking in “A Brief History of Time”

Turtles All The Way Down

 

Turtles All The Way Down

In Stephen Hawking’s 1988 book A Brief History of Time, he recounts a story:

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.” The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?” “You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”

In the print, a circle of 9 turtles (an auspicious number in Hindu mythology) stand on the backs of 9 more turtles…and so on spiraling into infinity in the centre of the page. In the Gold variant of the print, The spiral path is overlaid in gold by textile craftmen from Central Java, with the kind assitance of acclaimed Indonesian textile artist Baron Manangsan, a detail is below:

Turtles all the Way Down - Detail of Gold Leaf

Turtles All The Way Down – Detail of Gold Leaf