“There are no solids. There are no things. There are only interfering and non-interfering patterns operative in pure principle, and principles are eternal.” -Buckminster Fuller
This exhibition explores the intriguing connection between mathematics, physics and the arts; it highlights the mysterious artistic and scientific threads that fuel two remarkable artists, bringing forth a rich mix of sensibilities towards art, abstraction, science, creativity, and meaning.
Ryan Roa’s work “is hewn out of immense tension between a very physical act of making and the resistance of the materials to that process”. Principles of physics such as torque, force and gravity are employed to create both the 3-D works such as the black bungee cords Plane Drawings and the Tension Sculptures, as well as the two-dimensional charcoal rubbings and tar paper pieces.
Lauren Shapiro’s sculptures immediately bring to the fore the connection to the world of patterns, origami and paper folding. The artist finds inspiration in how molecules naturally accumulate and congregate to form geometric patterns both large and small. To create the works in this exhibition Shapiro studied the polygonal ice wedges occurring with melting permafrost whose striking geometric honeycomb appearance dominates the lowlands of the arctic region.
Ryan Roa’s and Lauren Shapiro’s practice goes well beyond the exquisite aesthetic appreciation of geometry and patterns, leading them to create striking visual metaphors for societal rising tensions and matters related to deep ecology.