Geometry Never Looked So Cool

Art and math don’t get along entirely well.  In school, the kids who do best in one tend to have trouble in the other.  That a mathematician, namely George Boole (creator of the Venn diagram), has made it to Fine Arts LA is an accomplishment if for no other reason than a personal bias against mathematics.  He provided inspiration to former Rhode Island School of Design classmates Adam Silverman, a potter, and Nader Tehrani, an architect, familiar with Mr. Boole’s logic that uses geometry to define where objects intersect.

Their collaborative effort now on view at MOCA at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, called the Boolean Valley, is an installation of about 400 clay objects cut and glazed into black and cobalt blue round shapes that form a topographic, sculptural landscape within the room.  The landscape was designed by Terhani, whose Boston-based architecture firm, Office dA, has worked on projects from Massachusetts to Korea including performing arts centers, libraries, and private homes.  His role in Boolean Valley was to develop a space specific to the museum’s architecture on which Silverman’s little dome sculptures could find their appropriate place.  They were all cut and formed to fit into Tehrani’s particular, undulating landscape.  It is not just a collaboration between two RISD graduates who understand what George Boole was talking about; it’s a show that displays the artistic merging of digital technology and handcrafted pieces.

 

Boolean Valley is on at MOCA Pacific Design Center through July 5, 2009.  For more information, please call (310) 289-5223.

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