We are pleased to announce our new exhibition by Sydney Blum titled Fuzzy Geometry. This series is informed by the mathematics of “fuzzy geometry” where spatial coordinates become a variable with a range of value, rather than being defined by a discrete singular location in space. The points can be more or less, plus or minus. The result being an ill defined shape with non-crisp boundaries, a nesting of geometric forms contracting and expanding offering a sense of continuum and interrelatedness, as well as tolerance for uncertainty and an indefiniteness to the space.
Despite the implications of the word “fuzzy” the mathematics is constrained by a rigor and discipline of its own. Blum, however, is interested in the visual and physical playing out of the concept beyond the mathematical formula. She is interested in a broader definition of visual space–the visual play, the tactile components, the influence of color, boundaries, beginnings and endings, contraction and expansion, complexity and entropy. In sum, she is interested in the interplay between conceptual formalism and the intuitive experience of the artwork.
This series of sculptures, Fuzzy Geometry, works to define space within concentrated dimensions, creating a chaotically ordered and increasingly focused energy with an intrinsic symmetry. The forms are built with colored synthetic hair that is tightly wrapped with fine wire around heavier wire grid substructures and interior grids. Blum has restricted the forms to familiar geometric shapes where the forms within forms direct the eye back and forth, from outer to interior space, interior to exterior space – a contraction and expansion. The repetitive work of wrapping the hair gives Blum a sense of time standing still. The hair in its fuzziness softens the edges of the layers and confuses the eye by forcing it to focus and refocus, while the grid and the geometric shapes contain the disturbance and reinforce the boundary. This sets up a vibration both within the form and color range. The structure and repetition, and the need to focus and refocus lead to an immersion into the form. The layers create a fuzzy “betweenness” which is an elemental notion of fuzzy geometry. The exploration of this geometry uses an intuitive and casual logic that results in defining an awkward space, generating a discomfort where things wobble between too loose or too tight, asking how far the concept might be stretched before references are lost.