Art Basel 2014 (Part II – Geometry)

There are so many artworks I picked out for their beautiful geometry that I have enough for a whole post.

Ai Weiwei 4

Ai Weiwei is a well known Chinese artist. ‘Forever‘ named after the popular Chinese bike brand with which it is constructed is a smaller version of a previous installation in Toronto (below). In the smaller Basel installation the rotational symmetry is more apparent and the simplified structure is enjoyable. In the larger structure the details become comparative smaller and the repetition and lighting becomes more important.

And now moving on to more regular geometry with ‘The Phantasy of Focus’ by Annika von Hausswolff.

Annika von Hausswolff - The Phantasy of Focus

I’m not sure as to the reason it is displayed so that the text is oriented sideways, but this geometric shape is reminiscent of old cinema screens or vinyl covers.

Carl Andre - Convex Pyramide

Carl Andre has created a number of wooden, geometric sculptures. First of which is ‘Convex Pyramide’ (above). It’s a clever design and, although it is not technically, mathematically correct, the name serves it well.

Carl Andre - Star

‘Star’ is another of the wooden sculptures and interestingly starts out as a triangle at the base and evolves into a six pointed star or asterisk at the top. At some point midway the cross section would be a Star of David.

Candida Hofer - Spiegel Kantine III (Verner Par

Also on display is a print by Candida Höfer. It depicts a beautiful corridor adorned with fantastic red geometric patterns.
Eduardo Terraza

Eduardo Terrazas’ series ‘Possibilities of a Structure’  is an exploration of geometry and colour and a book which I would love to own. ‘1.1.103′ (above) has a good palette selection focusing on a deep warm red. The shapes at first seem awkward unsymmetrical, but the work together surprisingly well. This is because Terrazas has used two circles and two squares and the eight reflectional symmetries of a square (or spokes at 45°) as the basic building blocks. Then a rule that in each shape three segments are coloured and the borders with different shapes must not meet. It is effective and a similar principle with more complex rules work too:

(Not at Art Basel)

(Not at Art Basel)

Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco’s ‘Heráldico III’ (above) is in a similar style but just using circles.

Worth a Look

Here are some more geometric works which I like:

Make sure you also read Part I. To see more from Art Basel click here.

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