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Networkism is a growing artistic trend, characterized by the portrayal of figurative graph structures—illustrations of network topologies revealing convoluted patterns of nodes and links

 
First introduced by Manuel Lima in his book Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information, Networkism is stimulated by rhizomatic properties like nonlinearity, multiplicity, or interconnectedness, and scientific advances in areas such as genetics, neuroscience, physics, molecular biology, computer systems, and sociology. As a direct consequence of the recent outburst of network visualization, networkism is equally motivated by the unveiling of new knowledge domains as well as the visual representation of complex systems.
Artists:


Sharon Molloy

Sharon Molloy's work has been shown in galleries across London, New York, Tokyo, Oxford and San Francisco. Every piece is both an intricate and captivating experience, leading users to an absorbed state of wonder.


Emma McNally

The stunning graphite illustrations of Emma McNally convey a sort of cartographic conjecture, with imaginary planes and connections, intersecting squares, circles and dots. These abstract lines, shapes, and patterns make for some striking textures and resemble classic mappings of cyberspace through nodal connections of imagined networks.


Janice Caswell

Janice Caswell's amazing collages and drawings are made with tiny pieces of paper and lines of ink representing mental maps and the narrative as she envisions them. Hole-punched paper circles chart steps along a path, while colors delineate sites where events occur - cities, neighborhoods, buildings or rooms.


Tomas Saraceno

Tomas Saraceno pushes the conventions of art and architecture and their capacities to invoke inventive solutions to complex questions about how we inhabit and coexist in the world. In Galaxies Forming Along Filaments, Like Droplets Along the Strands of A Spider’s Web (2008), several bulbous shapes hang in the air, sustained by a dense interwoven elastic rope that stretches to the floor, walls, and ceiling.


Chiharu Shiota

Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota’s installations are filled with hundreds of black woolen threads—dense layers that form an impenetrable cocoon—and appear to be contaminated by the intrusive web. Shiota does not have a studio, nor does she produce drawings or notes beforehand. She works only on location and relies solely on recollection. This explains why her captivating installations resemble dreamy scenarios, invoking the passage of time or the erosion of memory.


Dalibor Nikolic

Nikolic uses plastic pipes and wires to produce many of his convoluted shapes in a remarkable effort of systematization. His constructions are made by the continuous replication of simple patterns, always with a simple, or the simplest possible, assembly process.


Akiko Ikeuchi

For over two decades japanese artist Akiko Ikeuchi has been creating room-sized vortices of silk, tying hundreds of small knots in coloured thread to form elaborate gallery installations. Akiko begins with first laying a foundation structure using cotton thread. Next, a second layer using fine silk thread is slowly knotted into a mesh, a process that spans nearly a month for an installation such as the one depicted.


Ranjani Shettar

Ranjani Shettar is best known for her large scale sculptural installations. She uses modern and traditional crafts to sculpt natural and industrial materials to create multidimensional works that bring forth the metaphysical characteristics of existing within a constantly changing physical environment.


Monika Grzymala

Monika Grzymala’s has worked with adhesive tape, handmade washi paper, and a diverse range of other materials to create large scale drawings-in-space— works that are grounded in the idea of drawing and the artist’s direct engagement with materials, but that expand into three dimensions, filling and shaping the viewer’s own space.



Doug and Mike Starn

Famously known for their installation Big Bambú (shown here) - an intricate structure examining the tension between order and chaos - identical twins Doug and Mike Starn have been collaborating on conceptual photographs and installations since the mid-1980s. They often use images from nature, such as leaves, tree branches, moths, to explore themes of circulation and connection.


Eve Stockton

Eve Stockton's woodcuts are inspired by close observation of nature and an eclectic interest in science. Utilizing a multifaceted background in architecture and art, Eve is able to engage the variables of printmaking allowing her to produce an ongoing body of dynamic graphic images evoking landscapes and cellular activity.


Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

Since 1981, Tim Rollins has collaborated with a group of young people he calls the “Kids of Survival”. The group has created paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs based on texts such as Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Franz Kafka’s Amerika. Shown here is On the Origin of Species (After Darwin), 2013.
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