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Ivan Black

Ivan Black, UK: Platonic solids

Ivan Black uses the repetition of simple forms to build complex kinetic structures. The introduction of energy, usually by the viewer, creates traveling waves which spiral through the structures, causing shifts in alignment of the component parts. He sets parameters for this movement, which while they restrict the range, allow three clear dimensional forms to emerge at various points of the sculpture's alignment. Each sculpture is a section of a potentially continuous sequence, confined only by the limitations of the materials.

Ivan's current work uses his unique kinetic mechanisms to create geometrical forms that mutate upon the introduction of energy, usually by the viewer. The repetition of identical elements is a recurrent theme in his work, and by this means he generates complex and fluid sculptures. Whilst working primarily in wire, he now uses a variety of materials to give form and ballast to his work.

Ivan takes inspiration for his geometry from iconic natural forms, the DNA helix, the movement of the celestial bodies through space, sound and light waves and the golden spiral that forms the template for the growth of plants. The movements of his sculptures mimic those of these dynamic geometries, imbuing them with a uniquely organic motion. His Platonic Solids, refer primarily to the convex polyhedron in Plato’s geometry, and are the repeating geometric patterns that are the basic building blocks of life. The microcosm and macrocosm are endlessly repeating these archetypal patterns, making up our cells, DNA, plants, animals, minerals, planets, solar systems, stars, galaxies and Universes.

Recent discoveries made by astrophysicists have also shown that the Platonic solids can be found in the Earth’s energy fields.