The link between mathematics and the natural world has been investigated since the time of the Ancient Greeks – relationships such as the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence are everywhere if you’ve got the right kind of brain to be able to see them – but it’s rarely as clearly demonstrated than in the work of Kai and Sunny. The London-based art duo’s work reduces natural forms to geometric patterns, but far from sterilising their subjects through abstraction, the pair seem to enhance the sense of motion and emotion.
Lots of Bits of Star is Kai and Sunny’s latest series which continues their adventures in stylised imagery, and includes their collaboration with street art icon Shepard Fairey. The work highlights the often contradictory qualities found in nature, depicting brutality and peacefulness, fragility and power, vulnerability and fearlessness. The pair’s screenprints, blurring the line between art and design, are delivered on wood, copper and paper. The creative process begins with hand-drawn sketches, which are then developed through manual and digital stages before being finished using ink embellished with mineral powders to attain the distinctive texture and sheen. Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York is hosting Lots of Bits of Star until 20 December.