Vlad Tenu - Synthetic Nature

18 Jul 2013 – 26 Sep 2013

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10am till 18:00 Weekdays

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Surface Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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Solo exhibition: Vlad Tenu - Synthetic Nature


Prototypical Explorations of Spatial Morphology

In Shoreditch, London, Surface_GALLERY opens with Synthetic Nature, a solo exhibition of the Romanian artist and architect Vlad Tenu.

The show is a collection of prototypes born through holistic architectural research into the genesis of form and space. The self-organization of matter, conservation of energy, equilibrium and notions of minimal complexity are concepts that drive the creative process; a symbiotic mix of design, art and science.

The analogy with the molecular behavior of soap bubbles informs the research method, which involves nature-inspired algorithms and geometrical constraints. Focusing on periodic minimal surfaces, the design process challenges the concepts of multi-dimensional symmetry and repetition, creating modular continuous surfaces that are infinitely expandable.

The paradoxical character of Synthetic Nature is emerging from the computational side of the design process as well as the artificial materiality of the generated prototypical artifacts. Following the biological model taxonomy, the collection challenges the notion of artifact through creating a series of morphological design species.

This research explores new spatial qualities, material effects and volumetric intricacy, through continuous surface geometries, repetition of cellular components to skin topology systems. The resulting prototypes open-up several opportunities at various scales in architecture, product and fashion design.

Vlad Tenu is an architect based in London. His design research focuses on the integration of computation, science and technology in the creative process involving generative algorithms, digital fabrication techniques and interactive design. His project ? Minimal Complexity, winner of the Tex-Fab REPEAT 2010 competition, was exhibited at the London Festival of Architecture 2012 and the London Design Festival 2012, as part of the International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012. Minimal Complexity has been awarded an AIA Houston Design Award for ?Divine Detail? in March 2012.

Acclaimed architect Richard Scott has transformed the street level part of his practice on Scrutton Street into an art gallery featuring the work of artists and architects that explores tensions and influences between the two areas of practice.

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