Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures

Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures
14 May - 18 June 2011
Installation View
Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures
14 May - 18 June 2011
Installation View
Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures
14 May - 18 June 2011
Installation View
Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures
14 May - 18 June 2011
Installation View
Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures
14 May - 18 June 2011
Installation View
Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures
14 May - 18 June 2011
Installation View
Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures
14 May - 18 June 2011
Installation View
Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures
14 May - 18 June 2011
Installation View
Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures
14 May - 18 June 2011
Installation View
Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures
14 May - 18 June 2011
Installation View
Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures
14 May - 18 June 2011
Installation View
Stefanus Rademeyer
Cubic Space Latttice II, 2010
Solid Mahogany, Mirrors, perspex, Fluorescent lights + Stand
75 x 225 x 25cm (stand height: 110cm)
Stefanus Rademeyer
I, 2010
Mirror, fluorescent light, mahagony, perspex
925 x 2230 x 150 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Radial Symmetry III, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
61 x 61 cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Neural Grid I, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Arc, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
61 x 61 cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Sakura, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton rag
61 x 61 cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
II, 2010
Mirror, fluorescent light, mahagony, perspex
93 x 223 x 15c cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Arborescent Geometry V, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Ensō, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Ensō, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
111.8 x 111.8 cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Differential, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
20°/80°, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton rag
61 x 61 cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Arborescent Geometries VII, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Dialogue, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Wavegrid, 2008
Mirror, fluorescent light, mahagony, perspex
2430 x 1030 x 250 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Cubic Space Latttice III, 2010
Solid Mahogany, Mirrors, Perspex, Fluorescent Lights + Stand
75 x 225 x 25cm (stand height: 110cm)
Stefanus Rademeyer
Arborescent Geometry III, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
111.8 x 111.8 cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Arborescent Geometries II, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Wreath, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
61 x 61 cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Circular Limit II, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Olive Tree, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Point Texture Field, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Arborescent Geometries I A, 2010
Pure pigment ink on cotton rag paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Arborescent Geometries III A, 2010
Pure pigment ink on cotton rag paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Forest Orb II, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Urban Landscape I, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
61 x 61 cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Texture Cloud, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
61 x 61 cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Arborescent Geometry I, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
1118 x 1118 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Square Limit, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
61 x 61 cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Spiral Forest, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Cubic Space Latttice I, 2010
Solid Mahogany, Mirrors, Perspex, Florescent Lights + Stand
75 x 225 x 25cm (stand height: 110cm)
Stefanus Rademeyer
Point Line Field, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Arborescent Geometry IV, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Arboreal hierarchy, 2010
Mahogany, MDF, grey mirror, fluorescent light
1200 x 1200 x 150 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Hairline Trees III, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
61 x 61 cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Hairline Trees IIIA, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton rag
61 x 61 cm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Argonauta Forest, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Two Infinities, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm

Orbit Variation, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
1118 x 1118 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Herculean, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton paper
610 x 610 mm
Stefanus Rademeyer
Point Line Cloud II, 2010
Pure pigment ink on archival cotton rag
610 x 610 mm

Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures - Installation View

14 May - 18 June 2011

Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures - Installation View

14 May - 18 June 2011

Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures - Installation View

14 May - 18 June 2011

Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures - Installation View

14 May - 18 June 2011

Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures - Installation View

14 May - 18 June 2011

Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures - Installation View

14 May - 18 June 2011

Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures - Installation View

14 May - 18 June 2011

Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures - Installation View

14 May - 18 June 2011

Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures - Installation View

14 May - 18 June 2011

Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures - Installation View

14 May - 18 June 2011

Stefanus Rademeyer / Resonant Structures - Installation View

14 May - 18 June 2011

Stefanus Rademeyer

Cubic Space Latttice II

Stefanus Rademeyer

I

Stefanus Rademeyer

Radial Symmetry III

Stefanus Rademeyer

Neural Grid I

Stefanus Rademeyer

Arc

Stefanus Rademeyer

Sakura

Stefanus Rademeyer

II

Stefanus Rademeyer

Arborescent Geometry V

Stefanus Rademeyer

Ensō

Stefanus Rademeyer

Ensō

Stefanus Rademeyer

Differential

Stefanus Rademeyer

20°/80°

Stefanus Rademeyer

Arborescent Geometries VII

Stefanus Rademeyer

Dialogue

Stefanus Rademeyer

Wavegrid

Stefanus Rademeyer

Cubic Space Latttice III

Stefanus Rademeyer

Arborescent Geometry III

Stefanus Rademeyer

Arborescent Geometries II

Stefanus Rademeyer

Wreath

Stefanus Rademeyer

Circular Limit II

Stefanus Rademeyer

Olive Tree

Stefanus Rademeyer

Point Texture Field

Stefanus Rademeyer

Arborescent Geometries I A

Stefanus Rademeyer

Arborescent Geometries III A

Stefanus Rademeyer

Forest Orb II

Stefanus Rademeyer

Urban Landscape I

Stefanus Rademeyer

Texture Cloud

Stefanus Rademeyer

Arborescent Geometry I

Stefanus Rademeyer

Square Limit

Stefanus Rademeyer

Spiral Forest

Stefanus Rademeyer

Cubic Space Latttice I

Stefanus Rademeyer

Point Line Field

Stefanus Rademeyer

Arborescent Geometry IV

Stefanus Rademeyer

Arboreal hierarchy

Stefanus Rademeyer

Hairline Trees III

Stefanus Rademeyer

Hairline Trees IIIA

Stefanus Rademeyer

Argonauta Forest

Stefanus Rademeyer

Two Infinities

Orbit Variation

Stefanus Rademeyer

Herculean

Stefanus Rademeyer

Point Line Cloud II

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.