Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nkondi

In the late 60s and 70s, string art became a popular paint by numbers, a way for the masses to get crafty. A style that initially became popular by Mary Everest Boole and Pierre Bezier. I remember that as a kid growing up in Panama in the 70's all you got to do was head to your local thrift store, and you'll likely find a few, in all their harvest gold glory. Usually sold in kits, these guys involved strategically placed nails or pins that were connected by string or yarn to create geometrical shapes or mathematical patterns.

From recent exhibitions certain techniques and styles have gathered more momentum than others. Recently I’ve seen more innovative use of ‘string play’ than ever before. My work Dukkha is a micro - macro photo maquette installation developed with the use of string and nails as a manifestation of a network of sectors standing out of the soul of the people masquerade in the photographs.

African Nkondi sculptures and the works of Constant's New Babylon are inspiration for this series but also the idea of the labyrinth as in Borges short histories and the work Reticularea (1972) by artist Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt).

Transfigured Landscapes: http://youtu.be/hPkSSGZDcfc
Nkondi | Dukkha Series | Amsterdam, NL 2014
© Antonio Jose Guzman