Untitled, Digital Drawing, 2013
An new digital drawing. Still a work in progress.
An interesting accident that resulted from distributing paths instead of aligning them in Adobe Illustrator.
Structural Constellation, machine engraved vinylite and wood, 1963
A selection of these works were on view at the Lewis Glucksman gallery for the exhibition The Sacred Modernist: Josef Albers as a Catholic Artist.
“Temari balls are a traditional Japanese craft in which colored thread is applied to a sphere in a geometric pattern. This is a modern example, given to me by the Japanese master Kiyoko Urata.”
Taken from a post by George Hart via Make
This animated image shows a structure called a hyperboloid of one sheet. It is a curved form made up of only straight lines and is one of several strucutre discussed in this blog post by “Miss Cellania” (via boingboing).
This quote from James Gleick’s book Chaos: Making a New Science refers to the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot who is considered the “father of fractal geometry”. I think its interesting to think about in relation to contemporary sculpture.
Clouds are not spheres, Mandelbrot is fond of saying, Mountains are not cones. Lightning does not travel in straight lines. the new geometry mirrors a universe that is rough not rounded, scabrous, not smooth. it is a geometry of the pitted, pocked, and broken up, the twisted, tangled, and intertwined. The understanding of nature’s complexity awaiting a suspicion that the complexity was not just random, not just accident. It required a faith that the interesting feature of lightning was not its direction, but rather the distribution of zigs and zags. Mandelbrot’s work made a claim about the world, and the claim was that such odd shapes carry meaning. The pits and tangles are more than blemishes distorting the classic shapes of Euclidian geometry. They are often the key to the essence of a thing.
These illustrations by D’Arcy Wenworth Thompson show the shapes made by drops of ink in water (left) and the tentacles of a jellyfish (right).
They are taken from a book called Chaos: The Amazing Science of the Unpredicatable by James Gleick and originally appeared in Wentorth Thompson’s book On Growth and Form .