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Erik Frydenborg

Bonelli Contemporary

Catherine Taft on Erik Frydenborg

Successive breakthroughs in the natural sciences gave rise to a system of graphical schema to represent the natural order—whether the planetary orbits around the sun, the life cycle of plants, or the double-helix structure of DNA. Over the years, such representations, as commonplace as they are useful, have been refined and standardized into efficient hybrids of design and illustration for classrooms and textbooks alike. The modular artwork of Los Angeles–based artist Erik Frydenborg’s debut solo exhibition at Bonelli Contemporary dissects these sorts of educational diagrams, turning their basic graphic elements into self-contained abstractions. And while this move may not be immediately obvious, it is a shrewd approach to rendering the ambiguities of science and revealing the residual meanings of its organizational patterns.

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