A4 120gr Steinbach paper, graphite, black anti-reflex frames, table, cardboard boxes
At the origin of the project a simple question: how to fill the white, blank page, until its filled, black. For each new start, each new chapter, in this exploration, one single rule is set, according to which the page is filled.
Firstly, a tessellated and recursive grid is defined. Secondly, the grid is organised following a grey scale in accordance to the topology of the grid. Both constitute the setting. Thirdly, the grid is gradually filled following a rule allowing to evolve from a blank to a filled page. This constitutes the rule.
The ‘blank page’ becomes as much the object as the subject for the Lexicon. Chapter after chapter is add, slowly constituting a library, a lexicon, of all possible ways to achieve the given task. From the simple rule an enormous complexity emerges.
The white page is in the starting point of any artistic work. As such the work is a conceptual framework to reflect on any kind of artistic expression; a framework to reflect on art as language, having its alphabet, its vocabulary and grammar. Here the filling of the page becomes a form of writing. This processual writing investigates our ability to transcribe an artistic thinking into written rules and as such examines the nature of art.
On the wall three different chapters are exhibited: a semi random progression, a linear progression and a chance progression. Also the combinatory of every 5th page of the chapters is exhibited, introducing yet another modular, combinatory and playful principle, inviting one to constitute its own set.
origamiLexicon constitutes the conceptual framework of the origamiSeries, investigating their pictorial space through combinatorial logics, while confronting conceptual and algorithmic thinking, and establishing a dialogue in between semantics and aesthetics.