Exhibition - 'Passages'.
June 25 - September 18 (2005):
Location: Bos van Ypeij,
Tytsjerk, Friesland,
the Netherlands
Catalogue ISBN 90-802296 9-5
A meeting of minds between three artists

Rinus Roelofs, Dániel Erdély and Kenneth Snelson

Rinus Roelofs (artist and graduate of Twente University, the Netherlands) has been developing geometric representations together with the American artist Kenneth Snelson, famous for his tensegrity art, and the Hungarian artist Dániel Erdély (designer and researcher), the discoverer of the Spidron concept. Their work is all about the design of infinite structures which invite one to think further, in all directions.

Rinus Roelofs en Dániel Erdély
Het Spidron concept
Rinus Roelofs
Schuifconstructies (cortenstaal)
• Rinus Roelofs and Kenneth Snelson
The cooperation between Kenneth Snelson and Rinus Roelofs has resulted in the development of designs for space frames with three-dimensional weavings as sculpture. This has ultimately led to "sliding structures". Rinus Roelofs explains: Various ideas for building up spatial structures from simple elements emerged from my contact and discussions with Kenneth. Weaving still played an important role in the first models I discussed with him. Weaving enables one to construct a cohesive overall structure from separate elements. The discussions (primarily by e-mail) with Kenneth encouraged me to look for new possibilities over and over again. The weaving was later replaced by a system of "slide together" structures. The interesting thing is that, with this step, different structures can be built from a single basic element. The basic element now chosen has been used to create five spatial structures which belong together".

• Rinus Roelofs and Dániel Erdély
Since 2004, Rinus Roelofs has been working together with the Hungarian artist Dániel Erdély on a joint study of the expressive possibilities of the Spidron concept. The spidron is a shape consisting of a series of identical triangles. A series of triangles is developed from the first pair of triangles, one of triangles being shrunk such taht the long side of one triangle fits on the short side of the other triangle. By repeating this process a spiral-shaped element is formed which Dániel Erdély calls a half spidron. The next step is the discovery of spatial figures, built up from spidron areas. These figures can be stacked such that they fill the space totally. The development of the spidron from a two to a three-dimensional form will be portrayed during the "Passages" exhibition. The illustration below shows a three-dimensional elaboration of Dániel Erdély's spidron.