- Cuboctahedronic Periphery
Size: 10 x 17 "
Medium: Graphite on paper
Date created: September 1982
the Fall of 198l, Acevedo had acquired a copy of the book co-authored
by Doris Schattschneider called M.C. Escher Kaleidoscopes. Inspired
by her development of tessellation covered polyhedra, he began using
the technique for his drawings and in preliminary paper sculpture
September 1982, Acevedo worked on the drawing called Macro Synapse
- Cuboctahedron Periphery.
This image ties together 3 different
spatial domains and puts them together on a perspectival ground.
On the left is the IVM inspired 2-point perspectival scaffold sub-divided
into cuboctahedral domains. In the middle is the relatively flat
orthographic tetrahedron , sub-divided in various ways into smaller
octahedra and further still, back into smaller tetrahedra. Once
again he chose to metaphor randomness with an underlying order.
On the right of the picture he included a stacked array of cuboctahedra
texture-mapped disjointedly with excerpts of the other parts of
the image. Primarily the center child who is feeding a wafer to
A photo-etching of this image was given as a gift to R.
Buckminster Fuller. Acevedo presented it to him personally, in his
study, June 1983 in Pacific Palisades, California.
The following year, Acevedo wrote about Synapse: I was beginning to think more
about triangulation - on the right: pseudo kaleidoscopic and fragmented
"entropic" self-referential pictorial aspects mapped over
a polyhedral array that mirrors other areas of the pictorial space
- albeit at differentiated frequency. The grouping of small children
is rendered intentionally as a systemic whole. The almost sacramental
simulacra wafer transfer from child to calf is the sensorially apprehended,
relative to the scale of context, a macro or medio-cosmic synapse.
Acevedo: It was a simple intuitive
jump to replace my 2D tessellation overlay on figuration with a
polyhedral overlay and to render the closely packed volumes linearly
as polyhedral nets which allowed for the interpenetration to be
What inspired me was the many color plates in the back of
R. Buckminster Fuller's Synergetics 2 - these being particularly
revelatory - illustrating various localized polyhedral domains nesting
perfectly in an aggregate isotropic vector Matrix (IVM). These diagrams
quite profoundly suggested a new paradigm for revisioning figure-ground