Constructivism, like its International-Style architectural cousin, can easily degenerate into an inert sterility. The utopian dream of sparkling clarity in spatial organization for the creation of liberating environments has emerged, as often as not, as restrictive containment, spit and polish for the eye and brain.
Manuel Felguerez’ sculpture is firmly lodged in the constructivist tradition. Much of the work on view is the result of a collaboration in 1976 at Harvard University with Mayer Sasson, an electrical engineer. They developed a mathematical model from eight basic shapes in the artist’s previous work and then translated it into a computer program. The computer generated drawings “in the style of Felguérez” which the artist then refined as compositional blueprints for paintings and sculpture. Works like The Center of the Shapes are three-dimensional outgrowths of two-dimensional
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