Sunday, September 21, 2008

Keith Tyson - Fractal Dice

Keith Tyson, Fractal Dice: at the Pace Gallery
545 West 22nd Street. - Sep. 5 to Oct. 4, 2008

This is an interesting exhibition both visually and conceptually. The basic idea as described by the Pace PR people.
In his newest body of work, Fractal Dice, conceptual artist Keith Tyson explores how decision-making in the creative process can be surrendered to and achieved by chance. The work on view in Fractal Dice is literally the result of an equation Tyson sent to the gallery in 2007. Using this algorithm, the gallery’s production team followed a sequence of instructions to calculate and determine the size, shape, and color of each sculpture, and fabricate the outcome.
Keith Tyson Fractal Dice: PaceWildenstein, 545 West 22nd Street, NYC - Sep. 5 to Oct. 4, 2008.
The works as finally executed according to Keith Tysons instructions refer back to Russian Constructivist works by artists like Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko as well as Mondrian. Regardless of the artist's intent the works successfully continue the form in a way which seems so obvious it is surprising no one has done it before.

The works come off as cool, and crisp with a distanced but modern feeling. It's a very nice exhibition.

In the post financial meltdown era, this type of expensivly highly produced work will be out of the reach of younger and less-established artists. I am writing about the shows I saw on Saturday September 21 and the whole time I couldn't help but feel the most innovative new art will move in a different direction.

Keith Tyson Fractal Die 2005-2008

To make good art you just need a good algorithm and skilled assistants.


Donna Dodson said...

Reminds me of Sol Lewitt but with sculpture...

Unknown said...

"...the works successfully continue the form in a way which seems so obvious it is surprising no one has done it before." - it has been. There was a guy, K Mayes?, an Australian, who did a whole lot of work like this using pre-emptive rules way back in the 60's and 70's.