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Strange Creatures in Lisbon 01

My print Aquatic Amphibians is on display in Lisbon Portugal at the Museu d’Arte Popular.

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Escher in Lisbon, through 27 May 2018

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.

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The exhibition Strange Creatures setup is nearing completion. There are a total of 25 works on paper, and 7 works on aluminium. The main space has all the works on paper in it, while the aluminium works are around the perimeter.

I will post some pictures of the Escher room later today.

We are also having a resource library, with books on Escher and WOHA and a draft of the upcoming Strange Creatures book, which we will launch at the closing of the exhibition on December 3rd.





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Circulation II, Dibond Print on Aluminium panel 

The aggressive carnivorous reptiles in this tessellation are based on Roger Penrose’s “Jigsaw Puzzle” tiles. The reptiles form closed circles, facing alternately inwards and outwards.. It seems impossible to hold all the circles in view at once, instead by shifting attention, one can see clearly only the olive, ochre or green circles at any one time.

 Doris Schattschneider, in her book Visions of Symmetry, describes Penrose sending his Jigsaw Puzzle tiles to Escher as a wooden puzzle as a challenge for him to solve. Escher was successful, and eventually produced “Ghosts” his last symmetry drawing in 1971 based on the tiles. It is probably one of Escher’s least exciting tessellations and shows the challenge in the restrictive edge matching rules inherent in complex tilings. The tiling is anisohedral, with only a single edge profile used, although in mirrored form.

The reptiles are identical in shape, but appear in mirror image. In each tile the edge profile occurs in mirrored orientation too. The tiles use a single edge profile for all parts of both lizards, hence the rolled up tail, which in nature is possessed by chameleons, presumably the docile ancestors of these strange, aggressive beasts.

Tessellation artwork

Detail of Circulation II



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talk-2Thanks to the ArtScience Museum for a fascinating afternoon on Saturday 24th September. It was intriguing for me to hear such divergent views of Escher from the speakers. Presenters were Federico Giudiceandrea , Curator of ‘Journey to Infinity: Escher’s World of Wonder’, Dr Sai Kit Yeung, Assistant Professor of Vision, Graphics and Computational Design (VGD) Group in SUTD, Angela Liong, co-founder and Artistic Director of ARTS FISSION,   Maria Kozhevnikov, Associate Professor of Psychology at NUS, and I was very pleased to be included too!

I  found Maria’s presentation very enlightening. It showed how different people use one of two different visual processing systems in the brain, and the data she presented was fascinating, and to me, aligns very closely with the differing status afforded Escher by the world of fine arts, and the world of science. And as architects were one of the few professions that use both systems, explained why I enjoy Escher so much, and enjoy making tessellations.

The afternoon was expertly moderated by Honor Harger.

Angela will be presenting a dance inspired by Escher this Thursday 29th September.


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Fish Scales III installation

The artwork installed in the Museum

Fish Scales III is finally up! Click here to see the  Business Times article on the exhibition

The exhibition at the Marina Bay ArtScience Museum opens on Saturday 24th September.

Fish Scales III is the last exhibit before the gift shop.

The exhibition is really good, with a series of very interesting rooms organised by theme, and in a surprising series of pastel colours derived from the prints and watercolours, which actually work very well with the predominantly stark black and white prints.

Fish Scales III Detail

Fish Scales III Detail

Bigger and Smaller (which is much smaller!) is next to it:

Bigger and Smaller Installtion

Bigger and Smaller I  at the ArtScience Museum

Bigger and Smaller Detail

Detail of Bigger and Smaller I

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