About

Geometricism.com is the website for David Wade, Sculptor, Graphic Artist, Photographer & Author. Naturally, this is a platform for some of the work that I have produced over the last decade or so, but it is also intended to present my long-held fascination with the general subject of the role of Geometry in Art, and to (gently) proselytize for it. There are also some images taken from some of my earlier art projects.

There is, of course, absolutely nothing new in the use of geometry in art –indeed, in some cultural contexts of the past it has been a dominant influence. Geometry is obviously involved in every form of pattern-creation for instance, and pattern itself arises naturally in most repetitive processes such as weaving or bricklaying. The powerful symmetries of regular geometry are also evident in much of the monumental architecture of the more remote past (Pyramids, Ziggurats, Temples and the like). But it would seem that the modern (and post-modern) recourse to geometric themes are of a rather different kind. The abstract, timeless qualities of polyhedral forms, for instance, clearly have an aesthetic appeal of their own - an appeal that seems bound up with their quality of transcendent immutability, particularly relevant perhaps in our present period of artistic equivocation. And it is a matter of artistic fact that many of the important movements in 20th century Art, not to speak of individual artists, were strongly influenced by geometric considerations.[1]

Overall, the sculpture and graphic work shown here is presented without a great deal of explanation or attribution. This is deliberate, as far as my own work is concerned - I feel that this art should really speak for itself and not be encumbered with long-winded interpretations. For similar reasons I generally prefer to leave it untitled. For me, these constructs just are; their constrained, geometric formalism, whether 2D or 3D, either appeal, or do not. One does not usually expect explanations or interpretations of decorative pattern, & the same applies to formal geometric structures.

Among the influences on my 3D work are - the geometries of regular and semi-regular polyhedra; the structural forms found in crystals (and crystallography); and the massive geometrical monuments of the Ancient World. It has long seemed to me that, considerations of scale apart, there are clear and fairly obvious points of comparison in the appearance of these different modalities. They are all relatively simple, highly geometric and project an enduring, transcendent quality - features that, of course, account for their aesthetic appeal.

[1]Cubism and Constructivism of course, De Stijl and Orphism, the American Geometric Abstractionists & the many individual artists caught up and influenced by these broad movements.