Organic Symmetry

Rob Yee
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
August
   
4
 -  
August
   
15
'Organic Symmetry' is a series of illustrated sublimation prints of organic forms arranged into symmetrical designs. This series of artworks combines the use of pen and ink illustrations with digital textile printing techniques.

INFORMATION

Organic Symmetry is a series of illustrated sublimation prints of organic forms arranged into symmetrical designs.  This series of artworks combines the use of pen and ink illustrations with digital textile printing techniques.   

Yee's illustrations of marine life use simple block colours to highlight the natural design inherent within each organism.  Segments of each body are extracted or extruded into a composition that is visually mesmerising, while maintaining a sense of the ornamental.  The process of digitally manipulating an illustration into a mirrored repeat creates a visual complexity that draws the viewer’s eye into a central vortex and is reminiscent of the perceptual experience of op art.  With the use of vibrant dye-sublimation inks, the final result is a psychedelic explosion of aquatic bioluminescence. 

Yee's work is strongly influenced by 19th Century German biologist and illustrator, Ernst Haeckel.  Both a naturalist and an accomplished artist, Haeckel’s illustrations sit somewhere between scientific documentation and visual art. His biographer, Olaf Breidbach describes his work as “a symbiosis between decorative sketches and descriptive observations of nature…Haeckel reduced the organisms he beheld to the basic pattern of symmetry that interested him.”[1] It is precisely Haeckel’s interest in organic symmetry that inspired these prints.

Rob Yee is an illustrator and textile designer.  Rob creates abstract organic forms using pen and ink line-drawing and digital printing.  His work is influenced by an interest naturalist illustrations and his experience working as a textile printer for the fashion industry. Rob’s latest work, Organic Symmetry is a kaleidoscopic vision of underwater curiosities, combining elements of scientific illustration, art nouveau, op art and textile design.  Rob aims to create a hypnotic visual sensation through the use of symmetry and interlocking organic forms. Rob graduated from Enmore Design Centre in Design and Illustration in 2009 and this is his third solo exhibition.

[1]   Breidbach, O. (2008). Art Forms in Nature: The Prints of Ernst Haeckel.  Munich, Germany: Prestel, p.12

Organic Symmetry is a series of illustrated sublimation prints of organic forms arranged into symmetrical designs.  This series of artworks combines the use of pen and ink illustrations with digital textile printing techniques.   

Yee's illustrations of marine life use simple block colours to highlight the natural design inherent within each organism.  Segments of each body are extracted or extruded into a composition that is visually mesmerising, while maintaining a sense of the ornamental.  The process of digitally manipulating an illustration into a mirrored repeat creates a visual complexity that draws the viewer’s eye into a central vortex and is reminiscent of the perceptual experience of op art.  With the use of vibrant dye-sublimation inks, the final result is a psychedelic explosion of aquatic bioluminescence. 

Yee's work is strongly influenced by 19th Century German biologist and illustrator, Ernst Haeckel.  Both a naturalist and an accomplished artist, Haeckel’s illustrations sit somewhere between scientific documentation and visual art. His biographer, Olaf Breidbach describes his work as “a symbiosis between decorative sketches and descriptive observations of nature…Haeckel reduced the organisms he beheld to the basic pattern of symmetry that interested him.”[1] It is precisely Haeckel’s interest in organic symmetry that inspired these prints.

Rob Yee is an illustrator and textile designer.  Rob creates abstract organic forms using pen and ink line-drawing and digital printing.  His work is influenced by an interest naturalist illustrations and his experience working as a textile printer for the fashion industry. Rob’s latest work, Organic Symmetry is a kaleidoscopic vision of underwater curiosities, combining elements of scientific illustration, art nouveau, op art and textile design.  Rob aims to create a hypnotic visual sensation through the use of symmetry and interlocking organic forms. Rob graduated from Enmore Design Centre in Design and Illustration in 2009 and this is his third solo exhibition.

[1]   Breidbach, O. (2008). Art Forms in Nature: The Prints of Ernst Haeckel.  Munich, Germany: Prestel, p.12

FEATURED  WORKS

ROB YEE, FROG, 2016
ROB YEE, MOLLUSK, 2016
‍ROB YEE, SEAHORSE, 2016

OTHER  EXHIBITIONS