“Geometry is an inexhaustible well of formal beauty with which to fill our bucket; but before the draught is fit for use it should be examined, analysed and filtered through the consciousness of the artist.”
Claude Bragdon, from Projective Ornament (1915)
These are the fruits of an audiovisual collaboration between Ali Wade and myself. The music is by Ali taken from his recent album Geomorphology on the Frequency Domain label. The visual element is a shapeshifting collaboration of techniques between Ali and myself, combining freeform monochrome ink and chemical experiments with slow-moving geometric structures and transforming them into a tectonic whole.
Inspired by Professor Miroslaw Majewski’s exploration of the pattern above left, seen at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, I have developed a practical ruler and compass construction method which allows for the creation of a set of tiles which can be configured in numerous ways, giving rise to a whole range of patterns. Working through this method gives an insight into how a subgrid of regular polygons can underpin the construction of Islamic patterns and provide us with a key for the development of further patterns. (more…)
Over the summer months, I have been beavering away on a new body of print work created by relief printing from lasercut tiles. The shapes of the tiles arise from different symmetries and result in different vocabularies of form which can be configured into a rich language of pattern. The prints above are all available for sale in short limited runs of between 5 and 10 prints.
I’m also very pleased to announce that I have been invited to speak at the 3rd Annual Workshop on Geometric Pattern in Islamic Art at the Istanbul Design Centre starting on Saturday 20th September. This provides an ideal opportunity to present this project and the resulting prints, as well as giving an insight into the process I have developed.
In addition, I will be teaching two pattern drawing workshops which involve creating geometric patterns using the traditional tools of ruler and compass.
There are some great speakers, not least Jean-Marc Castera whose incredible tome Arabesques has been a great influence on this project. I’m very honoured and excited to be involved in this event. Many thanks to Mirek Majewski for inviting me and for supporting my work.
As part of a Feast Film Nights screening of the incredible and inspiring documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, DJ Food (Ninja Tune records) weaved together an hour long set of music and samples connected with Frank Herbert’s most famous novel, Dune, accompanied by my cosmic geometric animations. (more…)
I recently had the pleasure of attending a screening at the Tate Britain featuring work by Semiconductor Films. The duo have been a big inspiration for me in terms of moving image and sound but I hadn’t heard what they’d been up to since their residency with NASA. It was insightful to hear them speak, however briefly, about the ethos behind some of their work. (more…)
I haven’t posted on here for some time due to being immersed in studying and practicing geometry. One of the aspects I’ve found most rewarding and stimulating is the process of analysing and reconstructing a pattern. It’s done wonders for the development of my understanding of geometric proportions and pattern making. (more…)
Here are some photos of a screenprint I was recently commissioned to create of the first two verses of The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Tennyson. It’s a one-off screenprint printed onto Fabriano Rosapina 285gsm in silver and black ink. (more…)
Now that I’m borderline obsessed with geometric design after my course at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, it’s clear to me that geometry has not only always underpinned my work but underpins the way the world works.
I’ve come across lots of geometric art recently but I wanted to start by posting work from one of the heavyweights. Some of MC Escher’s work is so ubiquitous that is easy to forget how rigorous and impressive it is. (more…)