Synapse - Cuboctahedronic Periphery
Size: 10 x 17 "
Medium: Graphite on paper
Date created: September 1982


In 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 studies.In 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 deer.

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 seen.

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 cartography.