A “personal relationship with shapes” and a search for “the beauty behind the math” mean something different to each of the six featured artists in the “Geometrix: Geometry in Art” exhibition.
The show of work by Oklahoma City artists Noel Torrey, Dan Garrett, Bryan Boone, Klint Schor and David Bizarro, and Yukon artist Eric Wright, is on view at Science Museum Oklahoma.
Pastel-hued grids of squares, subdivided into triangular and pyramid shapes, or target circles within circles, vibrate with intensity reminiscent of “Op Art” in the oil and watercolor paintings of Torrey.
A 64-piece grid of glowing, multi-colored target squares adds up to a 21st century equivalent of the old-fashioned patchwork quilt in Torrey's “Kind of Blue,” one of his best works.
Rougher welded steel rectangles of various colors and rusted circular disks create a large, eye-grabbing, neo-cubist, horizontally-hung composition in Garrett's “Kirmizi Ari (Red Bee).” Much more vertical and delicate is “Citadel,” which brings to mind a skinny, bronze or copper-colored, defensive tower, with open, welded steel grid work.
Wright relies on the concrete or asphalt block — whether whole, hollowed out, divided into parts or painted — as the central metaphor of his gritty, hard-hitting wood, metal and found object sculptures.
A burned, prison cell-like wooden structure inside a concrete block, whose corner has been worn away or destroyed, may refer to the creative and destructive aspects of artistic ambition in Wright's “A Fire in My Belly.”