Boulding Blocks and Conjoined Space Theory
Somewhere between Bucky Balls and Rubic’s Cube, a new discovery of spatial relationships is being called “Conjoined Space Theory” by Mark Boulding, a designer and artist who lives and works in Denver Colorado and Santa Fe New Mexico.
It all started with stacking clay bricks to dry, the same way it has been done since the dawn of civilization. “you want as much space around the bricks as will create air flow to suck out the moisture. A proportion of brick to space of about 50/50 is about right.”
It’s easy to see the bricks, or substance. We are trained to see it. It is another thing to see the space or voids. That takes a leap of imagination. That leap is as old as the ancients too. The concept of yin and yang or “0” and “1” is in our DNA.
What is new is thinking of spaces as “things” to conjoin. Boulding Blocks are based on two forms. One form is of conjoined “solids”. The other form is of conjoined “voids”.
White pieces represent “solids” and black pieces represent “voids”. Each piece is of equal volume. The interlinking of the pieces make a structural system of infinite possibilities. Adding color or images to different faces adds another dimension to explore.
With the slogan: Think outside the Blocks, a team of designers and marketers is exploring ideas such as building block sets, branded collectibles, 3D portraiture, mechanical puzzles, architectural components, interactive art installations, interlocking tiles, even cyberspace interaction with physical pieces.
Mark Boulding is teaching a ceramics studio course on Conjoined Space Theory next summer, 2015, at SAIC, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
All rights to images in this post are reserved by copyright 2014. Images may be used with credit given to Mark Boulding Art. All images shown are 3D laser print models. Cube, sphere and cylinder each fit in space 2.25” cubed. Patent Pending.