Silas von Morisse is pleased to present the second solo exhibition of artist Owen Schuh, UNFOLDING A CUBE. The exhibition features new works by the artist. Owen Schuh draws his inspiration from mathematical rules, algorithms and complex organic systems. In particular, he is fascinated by simple sets of well-defined rules that generate unexpectedly intricate and nuanced structures.
OWEN SCHUH UNFOLDING A CUBE, is a visual investigation of different methods and orders for unfolding a simple form, the cube: 3 dimensions, 6 facets, 8 vertices and 12 edges become one surface of varying configurations. These eleven ‘nets’ of a cube are typically represented in Tetris-like diagrams in geometry. However, the paintings and drawings use these ‘nets’ as a starting point to visually explore the interrelatedness and extra-linguistic meaning of all possible futures, together.
Dürer’s conjecture describes that a convex three-dimensional figure, cut along its edges and unfolded, can be flattened without overlapping upon itself. A simple thing gets simpler, no plot-twists. Fascinatingly, seven cuts from form to flat manifest unexpectedly elaborate shared and divergent fates, and illuminating them gets exponentially more complicated, especially once you start distinguishing between right and left hand, and coloring the faces of the cube, etc. Much as Sol Lewitt’s Incomplete Open Cubes demonstrates, the iterative exploration of these ‘unfoldings’ can lead us to even further considerations, where we are able to creatively study and marvel at not only the elegant numerations, but also the relationships between each of the possibilities. All futures witnessed simultaneously, time compressed and experience expanded. Unending complexity birthed from simple methods and straightforward actions.
Schuh's work seeks to illuminate the entwining relations between embodied mind, mathematics, and the physical world. His artwork is structured by mathematical functions and iterations, which though relatively simple in nature yield outcomes of surprising organic complexity. In each piece the artist strives to manifest phenomena unique to the interaction between the physical medium and the logical structure.
Schuh's work is painstakingly created by hand, with pencils, paint, a compass and at most the aid of a pocket calculator.
Oct 27 - Nov 24, 2018
ChaShaMa (Space to Present)
7 East 14th Street
New York City, NY 10003
Wednesday: 11am - 6pm
Thurday: 11am - 6pm
Friday: 11am - 6pm
Saturday: 11am - 6pm
Saturday October 27, 2018 - 5:00pm-8:00pm