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INSTALLATIONS: Modular Mathematics at New York's Diesel Denim Gallery

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Janos Korban and Stefanie Flaubert of Sydney-based design/production studio Korban/Flaubert have created "Automatic," a custom art installation at New York's Diesel Denim Gallery, which will be exhibited through July 2. Korban, a metal specialist, and Flaubert, an architect, design experimental furniture and lighting projects as well as site-specific sculptural commissions in Australia, Europe, the U.S. and Japan, in a collaboration that began in 1993. Curated by Sebastien Agneessens of Formavision, "Automatic," he says, "further explores a theme evident in Korban/Flaubert's work: the artists' fascination with complex organic growth patterns. This installation serves as an artistic reflection on the growing global interest in biomimicry — the science that examines organic models to create solutions to human problems." As the artists explain, "In nature, many systems display extreme complexity, yet their fundamental components may be extremely simple. One simple module and one basic rule can generate fascinating levels of complexity. Order arises spontaneously from disorder; patterns can emerge through a process of self-organization. 'Automatic' explores the simplest of growth patterns: two sequences of identical modules connect together and grow into diverging forms. Connections form in a very basic automatic mathematical fashion, but generate a surprisingly dense dynamic formation. On another level, the automatic structure begins to give substance to the space itself by picking out lines in light and metal, fixed-length modules that move against each other as the visitor moves through the space."
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