Artist's intricate laser cut sculptures mimic coral reef patterns

Joshua Abarbanel
© Joshua Abarbanel

Pattern -- organized repetitions of forms, colours and relationships -- is the language of nature. We've seen how artists have used pattern language to impressive effect, be it through embroidery or dendritic graffiti. British-born, Santa Monica, California-based artist Joshua Abarbanel utilizes the precise technology of laser cutters to form intricate, repeated patterns out of layered wood to create wallscapes that are reminiscent of coral reefs.

© Joshua Abarbanel
© Joshua Abarbanel
© Joshua Abarbanel

Titled See Life, Abarbanel's collection uses a variety of differently-sized shapes that are stained in various colours, fashioning sculptural beauties that invite us to come closer and investigate the parts of the whole.

© Joshua Abarbanel
© Joshua Abarbanel
© Joshua Abarbanel
© Joshua Abarbanel

Some of Abarbanel's forms are jagged, while others are smooth or oddly shaped, adding an element of diversity that would be inherent in nature.

© Joshua Abarbanel
© Joshua Abarbanel

With many of the ocean's coral reefs facing a clear and present danger from pollution, ocean acidification and climate change, Abarbanel's collection reminds us that while we can admire these forms in the meantime, the real thing is currently facing very real threats. See Life is now being exhibited at the Hinge Parallel Gallery in Culver City, California until July 26, 2014. More over at Joshua Abarbanel.

Tags: Artists | Arts | California | Coral Reefs

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