The Oxford English Dictionary defines Geometry as ‘the branch of mathematics concerned with the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids, and higher dimensional analogues.’ If we remove the word ‘mathematics,’ anyone guessing what was being described might be forgiven for thinking it was art. Elements in the description are present in the vast majority of works of art. One may also argue that the aim of many artists has been to access ‘higher dimensional analogues’ and that great artworks achieve it! In exploring the exhibition, you will see art that is the result of the artist working more literally within a geometric framework, but also art wherein the connection is more subtle, coincidental or inferred.
Geometrica is not an attempted survey of Geometric art, but an inquiry into an artistic and spiritual scaffolding on which all art relies. The aim has been to collect, arrange and connect works with visual manifestations of Geometry and part of the challenge of such a huge theme has been to decide what not to include!
Tristan Hoare & Omar Mazhar