AN EXHIBITION of new work, The Art of Maths by Kilkenny artist Joey Hehir is currently showing at The Ivy House Bar and Restaurant in Dublin.
This is Joey Hehirs first Dublin solo exhibition where Joey creates art through his knowledge of Mathematics. Joey is originally from Dublin but now lives in Mohober outside Callan. He find Mathematics to be beautiful, sublime and challenging and therefore uses it to produce images pertaining to nature, and to patterns that form in his mind. While working, he is driven by the joy of process, the sense of accomplishment on seeing the finished creation and the satisfaction when his manipulation of Mathematics is successful.
“Everything that exists in nature is governed by Physical Laws. These Laws are ruled by Mathematics. Everything we see around us around us owes its shape or form to Mathematical Rules and it is possible to study and mirror those incredible patterns in order to produce thought provoking and awe-inspiring pictures. Sunbeams blazing trails through orange clouds; wind rippling through cornfields; flocks of swallows turning and twisting; the flowing curls of lustrous red hair; patterns of wrinkles on a well lived face; blood vessel trails in a translucent tiny bat ear; cracking mud drying in the sun; supernovas spewing their debris into space; incredible seashells abandoned on the shore. I recognise the natural patterns
and then proceed to imagine these forms mathematically and reproduce them with computer added software,” he said.
The world is a beautifully chaotic ordering of some very basic shapes. “Our ancient forefathers began humanity’s artistic journey through drawing on cave walls. They observed geometric shapes around them and reproduced them in order to, I believe, express their affinity with nature. One draws that which amazes or stimulates. Our artistic history began with our recognition of natural patterns and our progression into civilisation began with our use of these symbols to interpret our emotions, our dreams and our relation to nature,” he added.
Joey’s recent exhibitions include: Original Chaos, Old Callan Co-op, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, (2011), Easter Small Works, Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh (2012), Eigse, Carlow (2012) and Fibonacci Series as part of Phizzfest, Phibsborough, Dublin (September 2012).
For further information see www.theivyhouse.ie or www.joeyhehir.yolasite.com firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibition runs until January 27.