A Look at Gabo

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Looking into Gabo’s work, my interest has turned to two theories of his work.  The first is the relationship between art, science, and mathematics.  Mathematical implications are easily noticeable in many of his works however, Gabo insisted his works weren’t derived from science or mathematics but rather both disciplines operate separately which create a singular creative consciousness.  Another theory of Gabo is that kinetic rhythms so not actually need to involve motion.  This is seen clearly in many of his works involving parabola line design.

 After generating Spheric Theme, 1937, his theories and ideas on spatial curvature truly blossomed.  Some of his best works that developed and displayed these ideas can be seen in a series of sculptures, Linear Construction in Space No. 1 – 4.  In the first sculpture, the spatial curvature is achieved visually in two planes.  The spatial curvature is achieved by nylon filament which are stretched across the structure in a straight line but converge as a whole to generate these smooth elegant curves and surfaces.  The surfaces that are created describe the space as folding in and out of its self.  Light is welcomed to pass through, illuminating the nylon filament which acts as an instrument of light.  The reflections dance across the strings and surfaces which is what creates motion in the piece.  Following Linear Construction in Space No. 1, he developed a concept revolving around the dynamics of sequences.  This can be seen in the following works which are more engaging on all surfaces of his pieces.  Having the sculptures work more efficiently as a whole allows for a more elaborate continuous engagement.    

For the Bijenkorf Construction sculpture in Rotterdam, his intent was to make a strong connection demonstrating the vital role of sculpture as an integrated part of architecture.  The sculpture fits in with the surroundings and contains a message of rebirth, progress, and invention.  However, I am interested in the physical conception of the piece.  How Gabo translates these ideas into the physical realm will be explained and broken down during Wednesday’s presentations.

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