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2point5-D+, by Haresh Lalvani

HARESH LALVANI : 2POINT5D+, curated by core.form-ula

11 November 2010 – January 17, 2011

Opening reception:Thursday, 11 November, 6-8pm

de Castellane Gallery, 525 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Core Formula presents 2Point5D+, by Haresh Lalvani, on view at the de Castellane Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, from 11 November, 2010 to January 17, 2011. Focusing on the artist’s groundbreaking work at the intersection of Art and Science, the exhibition reveals Lalvani’s unique sculptural creations and the original artistic processes he has derived directly from his quest inspired by Nature’s designs, its generative principles and formal codes.

The exhibition is the artist’s first solo New York exhibition since his presentation at the Municipal Art Society in 2004 and is the second featured artist in Core Formula’s 2010 art series.

Haresh Lalvani (b.1946) Ph.D., sculptor, architect, morphologist, visual mathematician, inventor and a professor at Pratt Institute, has been working for over 30 years to “decode the morphological genome” – essentially, identifying the principles underlying natural and manmade forms. While most of us live in three dimensions (four if you count time), Lalvani lives in a genomic world of several hundred dimensions or more and has dedicated himself to sequencing the morphological genome. The start of the twenty-first century represents the genomic era, an understanding that complexities of our world are generated from simple codes – DNA for example. In sequencing the morphological genome and sculpting works derived from such principles, Lalvani stands at the dawn of genomic art as Alberti did at the dawn of perspective painting and Picasso at the dawn of Cubism.

The exhibition traces the evolution of Lalvani’s genomic art as filtered through two major series, AlgoRhythms and the Xurf, each exploring Lalvani’s principal concern with the relationship between genetic codes and sculptural creation, and more specifically, between “genomics”–sculpture derived from formal rules, and “epigenomics”–works created through external agents like forces, respectively. The title of the exhibition, 2point5D+ begins to reveal the fundamental creative process of Lalvani’s sculpture. All begin with conceptually exploiting and transforming flat (2-dimensional) sheet metal into a 3-dimensional piece. Intrinsic to Lalvani’s creative process is the balance between 2d and 3d concepts at all times, many projected from higher dimensions; the final works are clearly 3-dimensional, yet constant interplay between physical 2d and 3d is central to the genesis of his sculpture.

About the Artist

Dr. Haresh Lalvani is a tenured professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute where he has influenced generations of designers, artists and architects. Known worldwide for his morphological, structural, and design innovations, Lalvani holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked at NASA-Langley Research Center on space applications and at Computer Graphics Laboratory, NYIT, on computer-animations. He serves on the editorial board of Space Structures, (France), and is the author of two books, Transpolyhedra and Structures on Hyper-Structures. An award recipient from NYSTAR, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Institute for Architectural Education, Lalvani received the Pioneers’ Award from the Space Structures Research Center, University of Surrey, U.K. in 2002. He was a speaker at TED2004, Monterey, California and will speak at TEDxBrooklyn 2010. From his playful and challenging Metapuzzles to his discovery of Hyper-Geodesic Structures for architecture, Lalvani continues to combine his love of art and mathematics in his search for the architectural genome and his efforts to generate new languages of art and design.

Lalvani has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout North America and Europe including Morphogenomics (2004) at the Municipal Arts Society, New York; Aión: An Eventual Architecture (2003), at the first Prague Biennale; and was artist-in-residence (1992-2002) at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York. His group exhibitions have included IAAC Erasing Borders (2009), Aicon, New York and the Queens Museum of Art, New York; Siggraph (2008), Los Angeles; and BreakThroughs (2007), at the Liberty Science Center, New Jersey. His AlgoRhythm columns are in the permanent design collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and were exhibited following their acquisition in 2004 and at the reopening of the Museum the same year.

Lalvani continues to sculpt and to further the development of genomic art.

He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Electronic Press Release_2point5D+

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