upcoming art exhibition at the Simons Center invites visitors to reflect on connections |
The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (SCGP) features works by mathematician Moira Chas, industrial designer Johnathan Hopp and artist duo LoVid from From September 30 to December 7 at Simons Center Gallery. The Opening Reception will be Friday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m.
“Ways of doing: a dialogue on the processes with Moira Chas, Johnathan Hopp and LoVid” share three distinct methodologies with complex processes and ideas from artists who bring diverse backgrounds into their practice. They are informed by varied disciplines and mediums, including math and design, pattern and process, digital and handmade – each creating work that resonates with conceptual authenticity and innovation.
The exhibition, organized by Tali Hinkis and Lorraine Walsh, Iis a place of dialogue and visitors are welcome to reflect on potential connections while raising timeless questions for meaningful reflection — What is art? What is design? What is the difference between visual mathematical representation and inspiration? And why do we love knots?
About the artists
Moira Chas work is a handcrafted invitation to the world of mathematics, addressed to people of all ages and levels of knowledge, from children to experts. Chas’ hope is that by interacting with his pieces, discussing or thinking about their properties, the public will be brought a get closer to understanding mathematical ideas. As part of a continuum that includes her writing, mathematical research and teaching – she is a professor of mathematics at Stony Brook University – her artifacts combine yarn and thread, fabric and zippers, to illustrate or suggest mathematical objects, questions or theorems. The techniques are basic: the simplest crochet and sewing stitches including, in his latest creations, Ruth Asawa’s wire looping technique. A single elementary process is repeated many times until the multiple iterations form something new. Mathematics abstracts something from the world around us. Chas strives to make some of these abstractions more tangible, bringing them back to the world around us.
Johnathan Hopp is an industrial designer working primarily in ceramics, with a hands-on approach to research and manufacturing. Her practice brings together methods and ways of working from various fabrication disciplines to explore new possibilities of production and objects. Objects are an archive of accumulated processes and the marks by which they are made. Software, engraving, 3D printing, extrusion and slip casting all go into making Hopp’s objects, leaving their mark in the final product. Hopp uses a mix of traditional mass production, craftsmanship and digital techniques as he strives to expand and elaborate the range of ceramic objects. Inventive work is the result of design and production workflows intended to challenge and maximize the forms and languages incorporated into the process. Hopp is an assistant professor of design at Alfred University’s New York State College of Ceramics.
New York-based artist duo LoVid have been working together since 2001. LoVid’s work revolves around the juxtaposition of media and materials, physicality and virtuality, moving image and craft. Their collaborative practice incorporates a wide range of techniques and processes, from DIY electrical engineering to textile design and stained glass. Throughout several projects, LoVid maintains a characteristic visual and sonic aesthetic of density of color, pattern, and texture, all incorporating clutter and noise into the setting. Their process of navigating between the handmade and the machine-produced highlights the challenges and possibilities of the networked age we live in, particularly a sense of the world that mixes virtual and physical, materials and simulations, fantasy and reality, hope and despair, connectedness and isolation.