The Introducing Series
Ricardo Cid Introduced by Monica Locasio
This event took place on July 17th 2012
Introducing… is an initiative that creates a platform for emerging artists to be formally introduced by an advocate of their art and future career. Twice a month a new artist will be presented by their champion and will have an exemplary piece of work exhibited at The Window at 125.
Ricardo Cid is a mechanical engineer by training and a programmer by trade, so his work has thick roots in the realms of mathematics, biochemistry and systems. This 3-dimensional piece, created specifically for The Window at 125, is based on his Ophiotrix Syntax project ophiotrix.com, a body of work that represents the Mathematical Notation as 2-dimensional forms. Employing symbols, lines and colors, Cid has created a visual language for the expression of complex mathematical equations that does not rely on conventional alphanumerical representations.
Cid produces the work by blending the traditional hand-made signage techniques of his native Mexico City with laser cut wood mobiles and synthetic elements produced by high-tech printers. In doing so, he evokes the geometry of traditional craft and the revolutionary notions of bio-mimicry design while at the same time paying homage to the graceful instructions of the Conceptualists, and advancing the altruism of public art. Cid always releases each project in a form through which the public can distribute, enhance and pull apart his ideas.
“I was first drawn to Cid’s work when I saw a chart commissioned from him for keeping track of the winners as they progressed through the 2008 World Cup. It was complex, engaging and beautifully executed. Most importantly, it was a completely original concept for a sports tournament diagram. Four years later, I continue to be inspired by Cid’s enthusiasm and originality. The physical and theoretical beauty of his projects promise to change the public perception of art, science and progress.”
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