Holly Alderman silkscreens, 22 x 30 inches. Limited editions are available for sale.
Holly Alderman was a teaching assistant in the Design Science Studio at Harvard for 3 years. Her silkscreens were exhibited at the studio for over 20 years, later moved to a collection at RISD and indexed with Arthur Loeb papers at Stanford University.
Holly Alderman created limited edition silkscreen prints all the patterns of structure in 2 dimensions for the Design Science Studio at Harvard, now in a collection at RISD. Portfolio exhibited by Alderman at the International Symmetry Congress in Budapest in collaboration with Arthur L. Loeb, friend of Buckminster Fuller and M. C. Escher, Senior Lecturer in Design Science and Master of Dudley House at Harvard.
The silk screen patterns are hand drawn, hand cut and hand printed in limited editions on Strathmore 100% rag, 22 x 30 inches, commissioned by the Dean of Harvard College and the Design Science Studio for the teaching collection at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard for the course, Synergetics, The Structure of Ordered Space.
The structure paintings are acrylics on canvas, 5 x 5 feet.
Design Science analyzes patterns and properties of structure in 2 dimensions and in 3, in polyhedra and space-filling, to inspire architects, artists and designers, botanists, physicists, crystallographers, mathematicians, physicists, chemists, biologists, to re-imagine dimensionality and discover new designs.
Arthur Loeb wrote the last chapter in Fuller's book, Synergetics. Fuller visited the Synergetics classes 3 times, at the Houghton Library to see the Tetra Scroll, at the Signet Society and at Lowell House.
Design Science 3 was a national conference with 4 days of exhibitions, films, dance, field trips and music, a yellow Design Science flag in Harvard Yard. I later composed a stage set collage of 48 of these silkscreens for David Mamet and Shel Silverstein at Shady Hill School.
Paul Rotterdam inspired my structure paintings exhibited in the Carpenter Center lobby and in the dining rooms and halls of Currier House at the Radcliffe Quad. Jason Steeves in VES found some of the paintings in Harvard Yard and sent me these snapshots. The casual distortions suggest living with art, the Photoshop alignments suggest a line-up. Several paintings appear in news clips in the documentary movie, Left on Pearl, shown being carried out of a Harvard building occupied by protestors. Arthur Loeb invited me to be a teaching assistant in the Design Science Studio.
The essence of design science is quoted in a note about Arthur Loeb's book, Space Structures, Their Harmony and Counterpoint:
* "First published in 1974 and subsequently reprinted four times before being revised and presented in this new edition. "Space is not a passive vacuum; it has properties that constrain the patterns that exist within it." Thus does the author set the stage for a broad presentation of and informal introduction to the properties of polyhedra. For architects, crystallographers, and artists interested in aspects of design science -- as well as mathematicians, physicists, chemists, and biologists. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or."