Opening: 6 February, 19:30
Q&A with Vlad Tenu: 7 February, 17:30
The exhibition will be open between 4 – 28 February 2014
Between 4-28 February, Galateca Gallery will showcase the solo exhibition Glimpses of Infinite Symmetry, which features a collection of installations designed by Vlad Tenu, born through holistic architectural design research into form and space. Some of these works have been previously exhibited in various London-based galleries, among which Arup, Phase2, Testbed1 and more recently Surface Gallery.
What drives Vlad’s creative process is nature, which he carefully observes and tries to decipher its most refined patterns and mechanisms. His works are actually a symbiotic mix of design, art and science. It all started with the Minimal Complexities series, which was Vlad Tenu’s dissertation project presented at the Acadia Conference, at the Cooper Union in New York in 2010. As the artist states, it was a research work focused on the computational form-finding and he came accross the concepts of self-organization of matter, conservation of energy, equilibrium and notions of minimal complexity. The analogy with the molecular behavior of soap bubbles informs the research method, which involves nature inspired algorithms and geometric constraints. Focusing on periodic minimal surfaces, the design process challenges the concepts of multi-dimensional symmetry and repetition, creating modular continuous surfaces that are infinitely expandable.
Vlad Tenu is an architect based in London. His research focuses on the integration of computation, science and technology in the creative process involving generative algorithms, digital fabrication and interactive design. His project Minimal Complexity, winner of the Tex-Fab REPEAT 2010 Competition, was exhibited at the London Festival of Architecture 2012 and the London Design Festival 2012, as part of the International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012. Minimal Complexity has been awarded an AIA Houston Design Award for ‘Divine Detail’ in March 2012. His professional experience covers a wide range of projects, previously with Surface Architects and currently AHMM. Vlad teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Msc Adaptive Architecture & Computation. His works are included in private collections and museums, and in 2013, Vlad Tenu displayed two of his installations for the first time in Romania, as part of EBienale Art and Design Festival.
A developing project, Galateca Gallery set out to showcase national and international design projects and original contemporary art, aiming to develop valuable exhibitions of applied and multimedia art.