On February 18th and 19th, Goran Konjevod, a Mathematician, Theoretical Computer Scientist, and Artist, led a two-day origami workshop that “unfolded” into a month-long exhibition of student origami in the ARC’s Materials & Technology Gallery. The event was organized by Mary Lempres and sponsored by the Math and Science Department.
Goran Konjevod explores the range of two-dimensional sheets of paper in order to create organic, sculptural, three- dimensional forms. Konjevod is a leading figure in the emerging field of Modern Origami; a field of art that bridges science, philosophy and mathematics. Fundamental to this art form is the
question: what causes the formation of origami forms? The answer to this question is broken down into multiple fields of thought. Is origami formed through the process of folding? Is it a result of the sequencing of patterns? Is it a result of the type of folding or the tension created between folds? All of these questions factor into Modern Origami and folded sculptures. The practice of folding is central to Konjevod’s process. In many cases, his folded sculptures are a result of a sequence of simple pleats that intersect and relate to give form to his dynamic folded sheets. In his words, Konjevod does not “invent” or “design” his folded forms, rather he “discovers” them in the paper. Consequently, his practice is a conversation between artist and material.
Konjevod’s work falls under the categorization of origami tessellation, which is defined by repeating patters that fill a plane without overlapping. This form of origami is shaped by pleats that connect visual elements. Konjevod’s work stands out among origami tessellation artist due to his use of thick paper and hides as well as his use of layering. “A real sheet of paper is always three-dimensional—even when unfolded” he explains. “And its thickness brings about a much more obvious three-dimensionality when multiple layers are present.” Goran Konjevod studied at the University of Zagreb (B.S. 1995) and Carnegie Mellon University (M.S. 1998, PhD 2000) before working as a professor of Computer Science at Arizona State University. He now works for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.