The E17 Art Trail is a biennial event ran by Artillery Art and takes place across Walthamstow in northeast London. In 2017 its theme was STE(A)M, the acronym that recognises the place of Art alongside the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. At St. Peter’s-in-the-Forest Church in Epping Forest, London, Tony curated site-specific exhibition Sacred Geometry featuring Jason Hawkridge and Mark McClure. Each artist explored contemporary ideas of sacred geometry; an ancient geometry whose visual forms are constructed by only a pair of compasses and an unmarked straight line.
Colour Temperature Blue
Inspired by the symbolic meanings of the colours found in the stained-glass windows, Tony created the series of window hangings ‘Colour Temperature Blue’ with a photographic lighting gel titled ‘Colour Temperature Blue’ – the blue that corresponds to the same colour temperature as direct overhead sunlight (5,600K). Each hanging is created from a process of layering and folding to replicate the darkening shades of sky blue from sunlight through to nightfall. A different system or set of rules using only a compass and an umarked straight line was used for each hanging.
Jason Hawkridge’s work is a progression of paintings that evolve in colour and form from the one before. Each composition is created from combinations of intersecting diagonal lines and the spaces to create images of geometric balance and harmony. All the colours found in the work reflect those in the surrounding interior architecture.
With a background in visual design, Mark McClure was trained to follow the basic visual rules of geometry. He says ‘Golden ratios and geometry underpinned everything I did and in transitioning to abstract art, I took these rules with me’. His mobile sculpture, Fracturing of the Sacred, expresses a conscious abandonment of those rules to explore how far they can be broken.