David Press

David H Press is an independent artist living in New York. He is dedicated to fully exploring the possibilities of three dimensional shapes formed from straight lines. Symmetry makes it easier to suspend a part in midair as the forces on the part pull it in all directions equally. His recent work explores more asymmetrical forms and the incorporation of more empty space as part of the definition of the shape of the piece. David has also concentrated on the creation of shapes that appear to float in space. For inspiration David draws on the work of four people. Foremost is 19th century mathematician and model maker Theodore Olivier whose string sculptures over 150 years ago were beautiful representations of mathematical shapes. The others are artists Naum Gabo, Alexander Calder, and Kenneth Snelson. Gabo provides a constructivist vision, Calder a focus on colour, lightness and movement, and Snelson an understanding of tensegrity. Press’ work explores the intersection of light and lines when he rotates his mobiles with motors and projects animated lights on the pieces for a fast moving hypnotic effect. He is dedicated to documenting the work of artists and mathematicians who have created three dimensional string sculptures since the late 1700s.

The MAD Museum will be closing at 4pm on Thursday 21st September 2017.