Ivan Black was born in London in 1972. His interest in sculpture began at an early age and motion quickly became central to his work, adding as he saw it another layer of complexity and interest to his experiments. An inherent problem solver, he spent his early years amassing multi disciplinary skills in the pursuit of the means to realise his ideas.
Ivan’s current work uses his unique methodology to create forms that mutate upon the introduction of energy. The repetition of identical elements is a recurrent theme in his work, by this means he builds complex fluid structures. Each work is a section of a potentially continuous sequence, generated in form by the application of systematic rules to his geometry.
Ivan takes inspiration for his designs from iconic natural forms, combining a fascination with mathematical formulae and the pioneering spirit of the British engineer to create a synergy between science, art and technology. His meticulously engineered and seamlessly integrated mechanisms are central to the behaviour and appeal of his work. Tending towards the minimalist in design, the movement is allowed to take centre stage.
His work has been exhibited at galleries and sculpture parks worldwide including the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, The Cass Foundation, Flowers East, Sculpture by the Sea Australia, Interart Sculpture Park Netherlands, Palmyra Sculpture Centre Mallorca, Kinetica museum and the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden. His work is included in several significant private collections.
2016 - Cottesloe Acquisition Award for ‘Golden Section’
2017 - Darc Magazine Ceiling, best decorative pendant/chandelier for ‘Nebula’
2008 - Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, ‘Asklepian’
Vitek Tracz, London/ Paris
Niklas Zennström, Hampshire
Ron Dennis, Surrey
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