Thread and pins on wood
Edition of 20
Dimensions: 55cm (H) x 55cm (W) x 2cm (D) / 21.7" (H) x 21.7" (W) x 0.8" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This standalone volume string art of a black cat is one of a few works made in collaboration with an amazing Raku-style artist and ceramist Vladimir Mudrenko. It was an idea that took quite some time to mature and led to the a series of works with pronounced standalone volumes.
The original string art technique that created this stunning piece involves wrapping several kilometers of a continuous mono-thread around an evenly spaced circle of 200 aluminum pins. The thread cross, re-cross, and crisscross a circular area above the flat wooden board. The image within the circle is achieved by the painstaking and complex choice of thousands of connections between the pins. After the first 30 connections that make up the image, the number of possible knitting variants exceeds the number of atoms in the Universe! So it’s simply impossible to reproduce this artwork by guesswork or to untangle it with your mind...
Just think, by what kind of magic does the same string that produces only random noise around the image suddenly condense and accurately repeats the complex shape? That's quite amazing... As if by the creator's plan, the string meticulously draws the figure in the air, and from this unifying beginning, the entire piece is interconnected... even the smallest element is an inseparable part of the whole, which brings up deep symbolic meaning to the artwork and makes it a fascinating and insanely intriguing gift.
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I'm an artist and mathematician from Moscow - the city with one of the world's most prominent math schools. I've always been fascinated by fractals and other patterns occurring in dynamical systems. That turned out to be directly related to classical string art. It takes some research and calculus to pass from symmetric circular patterns to arbitrary photorealistic images inside a circle, but the result turns miraculous.... Since few years ago I'm doing string art the new way, making nails-and-string artworks without nails inside the workspace. By now, I have vastly improved the initial algorithmic technique and elaborated my own style, which is reflected both in the deeply symbolic choice of subjects for the works, and in the filigree and amazing accuracy of the art pieces.
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