Riad Miah, ‘"Icosahedron II"’, 2016, Novado Gallery
Riad Miah, ‘"Icosahedron II"’, 2016, Novado Gallery

Artist Statement for "The fuller Project" series:
This work explores and reflects upon my interest in Buckminster Fuller’s inventions and observation of elements in physics and science. The two inventions by Fuller I am most interested in are the Dymaxion World Map and the Geodesic Dome. The idea of the Dymaxion Map reminds me of the type of space sometimes created in the paintings. The surfaces of my paintings are flat, yet there is often a sense of depth that one sees through the layers. The Dymaxion Map or Fuller Map is a projection of the globe onto the surface of an icosahedrons, which can be unfolded and flattened to two dimensions. I became interested in Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome because of how they are constructed. Their lattice structure reminds me of the grid structure I draw to attain order at the beginning of each painting. The other fascinating element of the lattice-work of the Geodesic Dome is the triangular rigidity that distributes stress evenly across the structure and creates a maximum amount of space within it. My own “lattice” grid drawing is used to establish composition over the rigid format of a square and in turn, through the process of painting and the applications, the lattice grid contributes to a kind of space/depth.

Series: The Fuller Project

Signature: verso

"Allegory & Alchemy", Novado Gallery

About Riad Miah