Monthly Archives: April 2010

Paratekton (open sculptural system)

Paratekton (Para – beside, tekton -the structure, gk)
Neo-Neo Gothic Project

laser-cut plywood modules, dimensions variable depending on installation
development shots of this new contextually responsive system that I am developing for shows and commissions in London, Portugal and Australia.

Urban Fragment, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London – 26 May – 25 August 2010
Systems of Romance I Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne Art Fair – 04-08 August 2010
Systems of Romance II Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane 18 August – 04 September

Paratekton (open sculptural system) has a large element of play in it, I described it as a Scalectrix for grownups designed by Augustus Pugin to a friend the other day. Paratekton is part of my Neo-Neo Gothic project updating the 19th century Neo-Gothic and Art and Craft aesthetics of Pugin, Morris, Jones and Ruskin with their attendant utopian socialist programmes to the 21st century.

The ways in which Paratekton goes together are almost infinite, the randomness is part of the meaning as is letting go some of the authorship and sharing the possibility of creating a virtual infinitude of possibilities with the audience.

I am working on some boxed smaller kits with some straights, corners and ornaments. These could start simple e.g. an infinity loop and have some more numerous kits with more possibilities as well.
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