Within (IN)VISIBLE SYSTEMS Evans depicts languages of architecture, geometry and nature as both growing and being destroyed in a state of unsettling flux and transformation. His work seeks to explore the constant need for cultures to assemble and reassemble the built environment around us through a playful examination of scale, pattern and narrative.
For millennia, we have been in awe of the fundamental laws of nature, seeking out patterns and symmetries from microscopic particles to the greater universe. Geometry and symmetry appear to govern the world around us with an underlying mathematical order, resulting in the formation of simple and complex shapes and patterns. There is a long aesthetic tradition of nature inspiring and being represented in human civilisation. The ancient Greeks studied nature abstracting them into simple geometrical shapes in which they used construct their buildings.
In the mid 1800’s Joseph Paxton’s design for the Victorian mega-structure ‘The Crystal Palace’ originated from the vein structures of the giant lily pad ‘Victoria Amazonica’ and was constructed using a pioneering modular steel structure. A century later the architect Buckminster Fuller’s radical futuristic geodesic domes were derived from honeycomb with interlocking triangular pieces. Modular in construction these flexible frames could be replicated and built quickly; enlarged or reduced in scale to suit countless prerequisites. These modular building methods are all around us in shopping centres, airports, schools and apartment buildings.
Using these realised and theoretical propositions in architecture, urban planning and biosciences, the artist Alex Evans has created an evolving series of obsessively hand-drawn original works and prints depicting imagined cities as hybrid architectural spaces and delicate emergent forms - where geometric shapes and complex patterns appear to replicate themselves and transform to unsettle our understanding of space and present new spatial possibilities.
(IN)VISIBLE SYSTEMS IS AN OFFICIAL PARTNER OF THIS YEARS LONDON DSIGN FESTIVAL WHICH RUNS FROM 16-24 SEPTEMBER 2017. WE WILL BE OPEN EVERYDAY OF THE FESTIVAL FROM 10.30-5PM. WE ARE SITUATED IN THE CHELSEA DESIGN QUARTER.