Solo Exhibition by Tom Burtonwood
February 4th – 29th, 2012
Oak Park Public Library – Maze Branch
Oak Park, IL 60304
Tessellations is a series of painted constructions combining identical V-Pleated paper surfaces with different Masonite structures to create small sculptural gestures that evoke architectural forms or sails. The geometric stands are comprised of smaller parts laser cut from larger sheets of Masonite. These support structures are painted in subdued colors so as to disappear and afford the pleated surfaces lightness and grace.
Juxtaposition is an important characteristic of this series. Playing volume against mass, chromatic with monochromatic, hard-edged geometry in concert with chaotic painted rhythms. Each pleated surface is constrained to its support structure two or three times with connecting pinch points. Forced to adapt in this manner the pleated surfaces arc and bend in dynamic curves. These tessellated forms are augmented and accentuated by the different painterly approaches.