The E17 Art Trail is a biennial event ran by Artillery Art and takes place across Walthamstow in northeast London. Each year there is a suggested theme with the 2017 theme being STE(A)M, the acronym that recognises the place of Art alongside the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. At St. Peter’s-in-the-Forest Church, Tony curated site-specific exhibition Sacred Geometry featuring Jason Hawkridge and Mark McClure. Each artist explored contemporary ideas of sacred geometry; an ancient geometry whose visual forms are constructed by only a pair of compasses and an unmarked straight line.
Inspired by the symbolic meanings of the colours found in the stained-glass windows, Tony created the series of window hangings ‘Colour Temperature Blue’ with a photographic lighting gel titled ‘Colour Temperature Blue’ – the blue that corresponds to the same colour temperature as direct overhead sunlight (5,600K). Aligned with an underlying structure created from unmarked straight lines and a compass, each hanging is folded and layered to create differing shades of blue from sunlight through to nightfall. A different system or set of rules was used for each to create regular and irregular patterns.
Hawkridge’s work is a progression of paintings and starting from the far left, an evolvement of colour and form from the one before. All the colours found in the work are a reflection of those in the surrounding interior architecture with the forms and constructions of the flat and folded planes either fixed within their boundaries or appearing to fly out of the canvas. Each composition is created from combinations of intersecting diagonal lines and the spaces in between to create images of geometric balance and harmony.
With a background in visual design, McClure was trained to follow the basic visual rules of geometry. McClure says ‘Golden ratios and geometry underpinned everything I did and in transitioning to abstract art, I took these rules with me’. McClure’s mobile sculpture, Fracturing of the Sacred, expresses a conscious abandonment of those rules to explore how far they can be broken. In line with German philosopher and Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa’s (1401 – 1464) symbolism of the circle in defining god, the immediate appearance of its form is one ‘whose centre is everywhere and circumference is nowhere’.
Detail of CT Blue