Bijan Amini-Alavijeh

About Bijan Amini-Alavijeh

Bijan Amini-Alavijeh’s practice is an exploration into how things are made, using both manufactured and primitive processes with industrial materials. At the root of his practice is an obsession with the systematic use of mathematics; structure, repetition and scale.

His current working process begins with photography and studies of architecture, in which he documents both aesthetic and technical elements of design. He is interested in the contrast between the use of traditional methods that created extravagant, ornamental elements of Victorian and Medieval architecture in comparison to the industrial methods used in Modernist and Brutalist forms of concrete structures, curves and compositions. This visual research informs the creation of abstracted elements of architecture, finding the balance between ornamental and pure form, learning from tradition but finding its place in today’s built environment. Recent works have focused mainly on the use of ornamental features that use more primitive processes and accessible materials such as wire mesh, mod-roc and wood. Maths is used to build the basis of the structure, however the materials used make this less precise, presenting mathematical failures in the support and stability of the structure itself.

The act of making things; objects; sculptures, allows me to think of variations of manufactured processes, questioning the limitation of materials and equipment needed to make something and how to make it more accessible for myself, and others.