Forms that mutate upon the introduction of energy


Static / Kinetic

in the manner of smoke

listen to the hum


Ivan Black (b.1972) London, is an award winning British sculptor. He began making sculptures at an early age, motion quickly becoming central to his work, adding another dimension of complexity and interest to his experiments. He spent his early working life acquiring multi disciplinary skills in the pursuit of the means to realise his ideas.

Ivan’s sculptures use his own unique methodology to create forms that mutate upon the introduction of energy. The repetition of identical elements is a recurrent theme in his work, by this means he builds complex fluid structures. Each piece is a section of a potentially continuous sequence, generated by the application of systematic rules to his geometry.

The Artist takes inspiration for his designs from iconic natural geometry, combining mathematical concepts and the pioneering spirit of British engineering to create a synergy between Science, Art and Technology. His meticulously engineered and seamlessly integrated mechanisms are central to the behaviour and appeal of his work. Tending towards the minimalist in design, the movement is allowed to take centre stage.

Ivan Black's work uses a series of unique mechanisms to create moving sculptures. Energy is imparted to the works by a number of means, from the interaction of the viewer to wind or motor. Once energised the sculptures play out a chain reaction creating shifting patterns of motion from random to highly organised. Ivan is inspired by the mathematics of life and how it organises natural geometry such as the growth patterns of plants and animals and the movement of the celestial bodies through space.

His recent solo exhibitions and commissions include: “Invisible realm”, Lauren Baker Contemporary (2018); “In the manner of smoke” Alice Black Gallery (2018); Commission for Adobe, Salt Lake City USA (2018);  “Sculpture by the sea”,  Cottesloe, Western Australia (2016-2018); “Sculpture at the castle” Manorbier, Wales (2016); “Urban Art Festival” Jimo City, China (2016); RCM Gallerie, Rive Gauche, Paris (2016); “Kinetica Art Fair P3”, University of Westminster, London (2013); “Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden”, Dorking, Surrey ( 2012-2015). Among his awards Black stands out for the Darc Magazine Ceiling, best decorative pendant/chandelier for ‘Nebula’ (2017); Cottesloe Acquisition Award for ‘Golden Section’ (2016).



selected works


in film


Golden Section, 2018

Ivan Black
3 Cubes, 2012
180 cm x 60 cm