The installation at the Alila SCBD hotel in Jakarta is completed at long last. Comprising over 30 pieces of tessellated “kites”, the artwork transforms the bare walls and ceiling into a spatial textile. The bird, butterfly and bat motifs are auspicious symbols in Asia, and are graphically inspired by traditional Batik, one of the beautiful heritage textile traditions of Indonesia.
Both wall and ceiling mounted, the artworks are made on a gold aluminium panel, which is supported off a plywood armature. The pieces range from 80cm to 400cm in size.
Based on a five-fold scaleable tiling developed by the artist, the motifs appear across the designs – each butterfly, bat or bird contains the other bats butterflies and birds, and each scale of the creature contains the other scales. This “one in many, many in one”, and “everything is in everything” is an interesting concept to the artist. The various elements are scaled within each creature by the golden ratio, and the different sized elements relate to each other in size by the golden ratio. This relationship means that even in a small butterfly, it contains some of the same sized elements as the large butterfly.
From a perception point of view, this is interesting in that from a distance or close up, the same information and detail is available.
Bats, Birds and Butterflies is an artwork that is designed as a system. It can be scaled up or scaled down, both in number of pieces – from a single piece in a small room – to a huge installation using very large versions of the motifs.
First time in Portugal! 200 works by eclectic and charismatic Dutch artist M. C. Escher. A graphic artist by trade, Escher’s works were used in advertisements and even album covers. Now is unique style if mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints hang in museums. Escher in Lisboa runs through 27 May 2018 at the Museu d Arte Popular.
Escher (1898-1972) found creativity and comfort in producing works featuring subjects and patterns of mathematical precision, as well as impossible objects, explorations of infinity, reflection, symmetry and perspective. The exhibition is divided into sections, making us different periods of vision over the artist’s career.
I just received some photos from the curator of the exhibition in Italy, where several of my prints were exhibited. Details of the exhibition are below:
FILLING THE VOID Escher and beyond
StadtGalerie Galleriy Civica – Brixen/Bressanone
From January 20th to February 28th 2017
Many know the works of Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher, addressing the tessellation of the plane. The image of an insect (a horseman, a bird or a dog …) repeats itself, covering the plane completely without leaving gaps. One can only admire such talent: if we take a closer look, there is even more to discover. These tiles are reducible to regular polygons (triangles, squares, hexagons) or combinations of them. Escher is the most popular, but not the only figurative artist exploring the “regular division of the plane” as scientists would say. Before him, there was Koloman Moser, exponent of the Viennese Art Nouveau, followed by several contemporary artists such as Andrew Crompton, David Hop, Hans Kuiper, Francine Champagne, Alain Nicolas, Robert Fathauer and Sam Brade.
The exhibition “Filling the void – Escher and beyond” taking place at the city gallery of Brixen, presents some of the graphical works of these artists: in total 26 works, most of them prints. An information sheet describing its particular characteristics accompanies every single work. Amongst the works exposed, there are eight tessellations of M.C. Escher and some aperiodic tessellations by Richard Hassell.
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The images below courtesy of the curator Federico Guidiceandrea, and some available online.
Coming from a family of bad pun makers, this idea was irresistible; it combines a word game with a visual game. A Pen (a medieval quill in this case) and a Rose tile to make an enormous bouquet of Penrose Tiles. The perimeter of the tiling is a continuous linked row of pens, perhaps the tessellation is drawing itself, like Escher’s famous Drawing Hands.
While roses don’t present such a tessellating challenge as creatures with arms and legs, they do nicely bunch together, like florist’s roses wrapped in cellophane. And the entire print layout is quite rose-like too, with 5 large petals of tiling opening up.
Pen-Rose print detail
Here in Singapore Hoya plants grow in the trees, a tropical relative of the humble milkweed. They form balls of closely packed pentagonal flowers, here is one from my garden, it has some close similarities to the tessellation: