Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Origami by Andrew Hudson

Some of you may know that we installed a new exhibit focusing on origami titled Born from Folding: The Art and Science of Origami. The exhibit explores the use of geometric folds that are a part of our everyday lives. DNA, protein cells and sound waves are just some of the folding that occur in nature. An airbag is perfectly folded up to be contained in a small space yet still has the ability to be expanded in less than a second. We feel that these folds are symbolized in folding one sheet of flat paper. The exhibit looks into the the characteristics of folding by displaying origami art from various artist from around the world along with artists' books from the Jaffe Collection that feature various sciences like astrophysics and genetics.

One of the artist that loaned their pieces to the exhibit is Andrew Hudson. Along with being an origami artist, Hudson is also a music composer. He started folding during a year abroad at the age of 4 while his parents were teaching English in Japan. Born in 1990, he belongs to the youngest generation of origami artist, who have grown up native to the advancements in technique that transformed the art during the 1980s.

Elliptical Tato-Image by Andrew Hudson
"My work focuses on symmetries and shapes resulting from folding algorithms. For the past couple of years, I've been particularly interested in processes that repeat themselves-fractals, tessellations, and other patters- and the consequences they have for other branches of origami design." His other interests in the media include the exploration of different polygonal symmetries, process restrictions, and the history of origami. 

Hudson will be here to teach a couple of workshops and give a gallery talk in January (information will come out more about that later.) You can view his blog to keep up with all of the work that he has created.