For the past few months, while focusing on the diverse / unique structures of cacti and rendering their forms, a very dear professor of mine would come to mind often, her name is Gertrude Goldschmidt, also known as GEGO.
Gego taught a course called "Three-Dimensional Form & Spatial Solutions" at the Hans Neumann School of Design in Caracas, Venezuela where I studied Graphic Design. I took this in depth course of hers for 3 consecutive years and worked extensively with spatial concepts… that explains why I think of her so often when I look at these cacti and succulents.
Upon pondering it came to me how spatially interconnected we all are and thus with nature also. And that thanks to the web and art we have been able to express it in so many a wonderful ways, like this Cactus Monday group has done!
• 10" x 10" • (thelocactus) • © Lisa Rivas • "Tribute to GEGO"
• watercolor, digital, printed on ricepaper and mounted on canvas
Gego is a very well known artist, she played with the idea of the stable and
the unstable elements of art. The stable elements of art was the sculpture
itself, while the unstable elements consist of the constantly changing
shadows and the slight movement in her design. She used scraps of metal that she would bend and
weave together in order to evoke movement, experimentation and
spontaneity. (Venezuelan, born Germany. 1912-1994)
She did a whole series called "Drawings without Paper"…
…to read more about her click GEGO
The creative economy is giving rise to a new spatial fix and a very different geography
– the contours of which are only now emerging…