Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures

About

In his first solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery Cape – titled Resonant Structures – Stefanus Rademeyer expands on his interdisciplinary approach to art-making; intersecting the seemingly unlikely fields of art and mathematics. Rademeyer has developed algorithms that describe the inherent form and intricacy of various natural structures, which are then translated into the visual realm using digital processes. The result is a series of objects and digital drawings that are boundlessly engaging and eloquently beautiful. The show brings together new work and pieces from Rademeyer’s successful solo show at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg last year.

In Resonant Structures, Rademeyer considers the language of mathematics, which, he explains “is also a symbolic system, a highly formalised language. Mathematical language is a logical and coherent system. It’s incredibly specific and is always used from an analytical perspective to solve rational problems or propose logical theorems. So, I thought, what if I apply those logical principles creatively?” The mathematical formulas that Rademeyer has been working with over the past three years fall into the category of “generative algorithms”. The word “generative” implies the notion of growth and mutation and within the exhibition, the artist explains, the viewer is offered visual clues that allude to an array of natural forms and systems within atomic structures, geology, crystallography, biology, botany, and even zoology.

In order to create a series of algorithmic drawings produced as digital prints, Rademeyer uses the process of coding within existing computer programmes. “Some of the structures that I draw consist of twenty million different shapes that come together in one structure, so it is physically impossible to do it manually,” he explains. “The prints are static images of this dynamic process. One can compare it to an image of a river flowing that is captured in a photograph. They’re residual of a process.” The resulting structures, the artist continues “almost have personalities, because they’re so complex you imbue them with certain qualities.”

A central component of Resonant Structures is a series of large-scale light boxes that display details of particular algorithms. These light boxes – flawlessly crafted out of mirror, fluorescent lighting, mahogany and Perspex – form an installation that reveals Rademeyer’s interest in the experiential element of visual art. Using light as a medium, these objects are designed to absorb the viewer into a new environment. The experience is envisioned be immersive, with a sense of boundaries beginning to blend.

While not everyone who views the show will be conversant enough in the specific mathematical language to completely comprehend the formulas behind the algorithms, Rademeyer’s work maintains appeal on many levels. Not only are the objects and drawings he creates often mesmerisingly arresting, their visual complexity draws you in, compelling you to look deeper, to know and understand more.

Stefanus Rademeyer (b. 1976) holds a Masters Degree with distinction in Fine Arts and Art Theory from the University of Witwatersrand, and has been a full-time practising artist for over ten years. His sculptures and prints can be found in the major corporate and private collections in South Africa and his work is also held in private collections in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. In 2001 he was awarded first prize in the Absa L’Atelier competition, and took up residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In 2003 he was awarded the Ampersand Foundation residency in New York. His work has featured at major international events such as Art Basel 2010 and he has held numerous solo exhibitions in South Africa.

  • Wavegrid

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Wavegrid, 2008

    Mirror, fluorescent light, mahagony, perspex

    2430 x 1030 x 250 mm

  • Cubic Space Latttice I

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Cubic Space Latttice I, 2010

    Solid Mahogany, Mirrors, Perspex, Florescent Lights + Stand

    75 x 225 x 25cm (stand height: 110cm)<...

  • Cubic Space Latttice II

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Cubic Space Latttice II, 2010

    Solid Mahogany, Mirrors, perspex, Fluorescent lights + Stand

    75 x 225 x 25cm (stand height: 110cm...

  • Cubic Space Latttice III

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Cubic Space Latttice III, 2010

    Solid Mahogany, Mirrors, Perspex, Fluorescent Lights + Stand

    75 x 225 x 25cm (stand height: 110c...

  • Arboreal hierarchy

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Arboreal hierarchy, 2010

    Mahogany, MDF, grey mirror, fluorescent light

    1200 x 1200 x 150 mm

    Edition of 3

  • I

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    I, 2010

    Mirror, fluorescent light, mahagony, perspex

    2230 x 930 x 150 mm

  • II

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    II, 2010

    Mirror, fluorescent light, mahagony, perspex

    2230 x 930 x 150 mm

  • Arborescent Geometry III

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Arborescent Geometry III, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    1118 x 1118 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Arborescent Geometry I

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Arborescent Geometry I, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    1118 x 1118 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Orbit Variation

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Orbit Variation, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    1118 x 1118 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Enso

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Enso, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    1118 x 1118 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Arborescent Geometries III A

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Arborescent Geometries III A, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on cotton rag paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Argonauta Forest

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Argonauta Forest, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Differential

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Differential, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Point Texture Field

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Point Texture Field, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Square Limit

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Square Limit, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Two Infinities

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Two Infinities, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Arborescent Geometry IV

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Arborescent Geometry IV, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Forest Orb II

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Forest Orb II, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Arborescent Geometries II
  • Arborescent Geometries VII

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Arborescent Geometries VII, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Wreath

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Wreath, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Urban Landscape I

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Urban Landscape I, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Point Line Field

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Point Line Field, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Radial Symmetry III

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Radial Symmetry III, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Hairline Trees III

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Hairline Trees III, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Dialogue

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Dialogue, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Spiral Forest

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Spiral Forest, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Circular Limit II

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Circular Limit II, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Hairline Trees IIIA

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Hairline Trees IIIA, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton rag

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Neural Grid I

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Neural Grid I, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Herculean

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Herculean, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Olive Tree

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Olive Tree, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Arc

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Arc, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Sakura

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Sakura, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton rag

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Arborescent Geometry IV

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Arborescent Geometry IV, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • 20°/80°

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    20°/80°, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton rag

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Enso

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Enso, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Point Line Cloud II

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Point Line Cloud II, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton rag

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

  • Texture Cloud

    Stefanus Rademeyer

    Texture Cloud, 2010

    Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper

    610 x 610 mm

    Edition of 3

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  • Installation picture [Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures]
  • Installation picture [Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures]
  • Installation picture [Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures]
  • Installation picture [Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures]
  • Installation picture [Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures]
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