For his second solo show at the gallery, Papadimas has created four series of works that reflect his ongoing engagement with numeric logic to explore the duality of our universe. Positive/negative spaces, order/chaos – these are just some of the dichotomies revealed through the artist’s methodological processes in a visual language of pure, simple colors and geometric shapes.
Papadimas’ painstakingly meticulous process of attempting to create by hand works adhering to a systematic logic has been replaced by the impartiality and accuracy of mechanical reproduction in his new work. Two sets of works on paper, Untitled Color sequence, (Helvetica) and Untitled, DNA sequence, (Helvetica), were output by a computer using the precision of modern ink-jet printers. Not only has the artist removed himself from the physical act of creating these works, he has also eschewed his idiosyncratic methodologies. Papadimas states, “These works attempt to create a series dissimilar to my usual working process (mathematical sequencing governing color, line, length and placement within a compositional framework), formulating a way in which the physical representation of each numeral is the basis of pictorial composition.”
In Untitled Color Sequence, (Fibonacci) 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Papadimas returns to his interpretations of the Fibonacci numbers but, unlike his former, static work, adapts the mathematical sequence to create a dynamic installation where color representations of the numbers flash in ordered chaos across 10 LCD screens. The resultant Muybridge-like effect of progression and regression suggests an underlying logic, though beyond the realm of immediate human cognition.
The steel sculptures Untitled (Two Sentinels) represent the paired digits 4/5 and 5/4. Whereas in the past, Papadimas has exhibited complete series of paired digits (0/9, 1/8, 2/7, 3/6, 4/5, 5/4, 6/3, 7/2, 8/1, 9/0), in this instance he has deliberately isolated the central pairing from its serial context. Shifting our gaze from the macro to the micro, the relationship between and interdependency of the two digits is rendered more visible.