The Triangulation Project

Triangulation is the title of the practice led research project and dialogue between artists Julie Brooke and Susan Buret that concerns not only the geometric forms with which they work, but also the mathematical process of using two fixed points to determine a new, unknown value. Working two hundred kilometers apart, this dialogue often takes the form of intuitive responses to ideas expressed in emails and conversations, as well looking at and responding to works in progress.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Triangulation 1

Triangulation 1 was the first exhibition by Brooke and Buret at Gallerysmith Project Space in Melbourne in June 2015.

In the summer of 2014 Brooke and Buret both began making work using the colours and forms of butterflies.  Brooke’s paintings arose from a collaboration with applied mathematicians who analyse complex structures inside butterfly wing scales, while Buret’s work was informed by her observations of Blue Jewel butterflies, Hypochrysops delicia, in her garden.  
Using the shared visual language of grids and geometric forms, Brooke and Buret explore the possibilities of tapestry, painting and modular constructions to establish the third point of the triangle. However, they approach their investigations from very different points of view. During a residency in the ANU Department of Applied Mathematics, Brooke, a former research scientist, began collaborating with topologists who investigate a complex structure involved in the formation of butterfly wingscales. Brooke’s paintings explore the metaphorical and mathematical implications of this form, with a particular focus on how mathematicians visualize and communicate abstract concepts. Buret’s two and threedimensional works, on the other hand, emerge from her direct observations of Blue Jewel butterflies in her garden. Buret, a former restaurateur whose undergraduate studies were in psychology and art history, is now a mid career artist and an ANU MPhil candidate. She brings her background as a maker and her tacit knowledge gained from observation and material engagement to her investigation of painted pattern and illusion in extended pictorial space.

Susan Buret, Summer of Butterflies, 2015

Julie Brooke, Triangulation 1, 2015

Julie Brooke, Triangulation 4, 2015

Susan Buret, Lepidoptera 12, 2015

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