As science and technology advance, our understanding of the universe in which we find ourselves expands. A continuous pursuit to give shape to our environment and to restrain nature even led to the creation of a completely man made universe, with the emergence of digital matter and the rise of the Internet. Frank Ammerlaan’s research into the materiality of our intangible cosmic universe is combined in this presentation with works by Juan Parada, who seeks to translate invisible digital matter into a physical presence.
For his new body of work, Dutch artist Frank Ammerlaan (1979) combines different materials and technics seeking the antithesis of emotional and rational approaches where the atmospheric and misty factors contrast with geometric precise patterns made of thread and embroidery. The peripheral and subtle can be found in situations and scenarios that transcend optical effects caused by an artwork. It clearly shows that the invisible exists.
The body of work is an active attempt to understand the place we live in and come from and to develop our self physically and philosophically. It’s a boundless medium and a boundless idea: the incomprehensive and vast space around us does demand a boundless human mind.
Brazilian artist Juan Parada (1979) proposes new places for the use of ceramics as language. He developed a research field in which he presents the progression of geometric and organic forms as experience, coming from formal and conceptual references in structural solutions seen in nature. He begins digitally, making use of software to create an image that will be printed on clay. From this vector drawing, a relief appears as a consequence and, finally, the light projected on the work guarantees another graphic layer. Since pottery is a very particular material, highly explored throughout history and a part of the collective unconscious, it becomes a challenge to use it, yet its elasticity of possibilities guarantees its place in contemporaneity.