“I enjoy geometry and creating geometric artwork because it gives me a sense of symmetry, balance and order, in an unsymmetrical, unbalanced and out of order world.”
Bob Carden is a self-taught artist who has been creating and exhibiting his work for over 20 years. Most of his artwork consists of ink works which are all mathematical in nature. His pieces Zero, Zero, Zero #12 and Topsy Turvy #22 are featured in the Here and Now exhibition.
LAL (Lexington Art League): What choices or influences in your life have led you to pursue a career as an artist?
BC (Bob Carden): I just have the need to try to be creative. And growing up I was influenced by the repeating images in Andy Warhol's artwork.
LAL: Where did your love of geometry and mathematics come from? Has it always been an interest of yours?
BC: I have always been interested in Mathematics. That interest came from the encouragement of my parents, grandparents, and my High School Math and Geometry teacher.
LAL: What got you started in working with this medium?
BC: The first medium I used in creating my mathematical artwork was collage. And then it was paint. And then later I discovered that I liked the simplicity and purity of using pen and ink in black and white artwork.
LAL: Can you remember the first piece you created?
BC:I used to like to build sculptures with Popsicle sticks.
LAL: Have you ever been interested in trying other mediums?
BC: I have thought about using different colored ink or even doing geometric sculptures. But at the same time I feel like there is so much more for me to do using just black and white.
LAL: What is something you would want viewers to take away from these pieces?
BC: I hope my artwork gives people a better appreciation for symmetry, mathematics and artwork. And I hope they enjoyed looking at the artwork and the rest of the art show.