Lalvani, who is an architecture professor at Pratt Institute, masterfully fuses science and artistic design into his 3-D steel sculptures.
Curated by Helen Varola, the exhibition includes 21 of Lalvani's works, including designs from his "Morphing Platters" and "HyperSurface" series. Beyond elegant aesthetics, Lalvani's work present solutions for mass customization and metal-production methods that can be applied to architecture and engineering.
"The “Morphing Platters” series includes 16 digitally derived pieces made of laser-cut painted steel. The “HyperSurface” series comprises five egg-shaped structural forms of stainless steel that highlight Lalvani’s mastery of multi-dimensional studies. Both series embody cutting-edge thinking about how form is shaped by mathematics.
For more than 35 years, Lalvani has researched mathematical codes akin to our own genetic makeup of DNA. Many of Lalvani’s sculptures are created from a code based on a sequence of numbers that can be digitally-manipulated to achieve an infinite number of forms that are similar yet never once the same, much like a snowflake.
Lalvani, who graduated from Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture with a M.S. degree in 1972 and University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. degree in architecture in 1981, is regarded as a visionary in multiple fields. His research has birthed new methods of metal fabrication in an unprecedented collaboration with renowned art-metal fabricator Milgo Bufkin over the last 15 years."
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