Australian-born, London-based sculptor and installation artist Simeon Nelson is interested in exposing the significance of a location through his artistic interventions. Systems of Romance is one of his many gorgeous and complicated installations that reflects ornamental geometry placed within a contemporary setting.
The various parts of the collective installation include what Nelson calls an algorithmic and modular sculpture along with an HD video, entitled Plenum. Viewers can sit in front of a giant screen and watch as the black and white images transform into various dotted patterns—an almost psychedelic experience that keep viewers mesmerized as time unknowingly passes by. The carved, sculpted shapes are reminiscent of a delicate piece of lace placed directly in the center of the room. Around the walls, shaped piping seems to emerge from and then disappear back behind the walls of the gallery.
Nelson created this piece as a part of KickArts and in partnership with James Cook University and Ryan Renshaw Gallery. Located in Australia, KickArts is the leading contemporary arts organization in Queensland and is dedicated to facilitating and promoting contemporary arts and culture in the area. The artist says he "dedicates Systems of Romance to Monia Brizzi in gratitude for her transformative effect on his thinking and his life."