Ivan Black (b. 1972) grew up in London and now lives and works in Pembrokeshire, west Wales.
Black is an award winning kinetic artist who draws inspiration from iconic natural geometry to create a striking interaction between science, art and technology. Living and working in the wilds of Pembrokeshire, West Wales, his work reflects a fascination and kinship with the mathematical patterns found everywhere in nature e.g. waves, leaves, shells, the human form etc. Tending towards the minimalist in design, his works reveal how order silently governs our seemingly disorderly world.
Ivan’s current work uses his 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 work is a section of a potentially continuous sequence, generated in form by the application of systematic rules to his geometry. 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.
Black’s work has been exhibited at galleries and sculpture parks worldwide including the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, The Cass Foundation, Flowers East, Sculpture by the Sea Australia, Interart Sculpture Park Netherlands, Palmyra Sculpture Centre Mallorca, Kinetica museum and the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden. His work is included in several significant private collections.
Solo exhibitions include ‘Sculpture at the Castle’, Manorbier, Wales, (2016): ‘Vanishing Point’, Elephant Gallery, London, (2011); The Gallery, St Peter Port, Guernsey, C.I. (2009): ‘A Lightness of Touch’, Fold Gallery, Cumbria, (2006). Group exhibitions include ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, Cottesloe, Western Australia, (2016- 18): ‘Static Kinetic’, ALICE BLACK Gallery, Soho London, (2017): Urban Arts Festival, China (2016): RCM Gallery, Paris (2016): ‘Kinetica Showcase’, The Village Underground, London (2016): ‘Art Car Boot Fair’, Vauxhall, London (2017).
3 Cubes, 2012
180 cm x 60 cm