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.
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.
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.
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
2 works are on display at the Museum of Art, Florida, until March 25th 2018.
They are Bigger and Smaller I and Pen-Rose I. Here they are framed in square format.
You can find out more about the exhibition here:
My print Aquatic Amphibians is on display in Lisbon Portugal at the Museu d’Arte Popular.
Escher in Lisbon, through 27 May 2018
This is a little hypnotic and nauseating…but it does illustrate explicitly what the print Turtles All The Way Down implies.
After making it I lost an hour just looking at it!
Available in wide screen format too.
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.