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Folded: Origami at the Intersection of Art + Science

Posted on by Lauren Moss

The Williamson Gallery at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design closed the summer arts season with a fantastic exhibition featuring a beautifully curated collection of work by one of the world's most innovative origami artists.

vertical pond

vertical pond

'Folded: The Origami Art of Robert J. Lang' presented over 200 works by the laser physicist-turned origami master. The collection conveys the complexity of form possible by Lang's fusion of mathematics and art, and offers a glimpse into the process of conceptualizing, calculating and creating required to achieve such forms.

bird detail

bird detail

hallway installation

hallway installation

origami bird detail

At the intersection of art, geometry, mathematics, science and sculpture, the exhibition included wall-mounted tessellations and 2-dimensional geometric patterns alongside stunning folded models of abstract forms, vessels and geometries, as well as realistic representations of animals, insects, and environments of varying scales.

large-scale origami

large-scale origami

patterns + paintings

patterns + paintings

three-dimensional geometries

three-dimensional geometries

insects

insects

vessel

vessel

Most designs consist of a single sheet of square paper, transformed through mathematical precision and artistic ingenuity.  Installed to create a series of multi-dimensional experiences, from a vertical koi pond to a suspended installation of birds mid-flight, the collection represents a broad range of origami applications and innovations, all of which convey both the complexity of form and simplicity of material inherent to the art of Japanese paper folding.

origami scorpion

origami scorpion

origami chameleon

origami chameleon

For additional images and information, visit Robert Lang's website and find more details on the exhibition online. For more from the Williamson Gallery, take a look at favorite images from Ray Eames: In the Spotlight, another excellent show at the Art Center this past spring.

tessellations

tessellations

Also, for more innovation installations in paper, view a few favorite photos from Jacob Hashimoto's kite installation at MOCA earlier this summer.

lauren at vertical pond ii

lauren at vertical pond ii

origami koi fish detail
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