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16th October - 14th November 2010
Hotel Elephant 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, UK
Ivan Black & Reuben Powell Vanishing Point is an expression of time and space, a point where our awareness of perspective disappears from view. Ivan Black creates complex kinetic sculptures which spiral towards a shifting vanishing point. He has an obsessive interest in the search for patterns in motion, striving to identify and express these mathematical paradigms in visual terms. Forms expand and contract like fractals, identical at every scale in equations that could stretch from the infinitesimal to the infinite.
Each design is part of a potentially continuous sequence, a visual snapshot of a piece of code. Black’s pieces invite viewers to introduce their own energy, creating a feedback loop which sequentially gathers all the parts until they converge into standing waves of differing pitch depending on the force and direction of rotation. Reuben Powell is concerned with the relationship between the individual and the environment. Powell's intricate images, inspired by the mathematical works of Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing, use their own structure to reconstruct space according to a logic that denies the laws of conventional geometry. His works are both a scientific experiment and a profound comment on a vanishing landscape.
For Vanishing Point, Powell focused on Elephant and Castle and its surrounding environs, one of the largest development schemes of its kind in Europe. Powell’s reconstructivist images on tin plate steel provided a counterpoint juxtaposition beside the dynamic geometry of Black’s striking kinetic forms.