Mr Belardo designed this second body of work digitally and fabricated it using a CNC laser to cut the steel and aluminum.  The work is rational and classically oriented toward geometry.  Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man has a direct correlation to this work. DaVinci was the most famous of many artists to interpret the words of Vitruvius Pollioin who said, in reference to classical human proportions, that the figure could be inscribed in a circle and a square. Buckminster Fuller developed the geodesic sphere by subdividing the planar faces of a platonic solid and projecting the convergent points along a radius to closely estimate a true sphere. The geodesic can be interpreted as a modern combination of the circle and the square and is the contemporary framework that Mr Belardo uses to engage Vitruvius. He is exploring how the figure can retain integrity and vitality within a heavy and onerous conceptual structure. In this case it is the marriage of the geodesic sphere with figurative elements.

Liberty's Face
Liberty's Face

John Belardo Aluminum, 2009, 110x72x66"

Liberty's Face
Liberty's Face

John Belardo Aluminum, 2009, 110x72x66"

Wisdom
Wisdom

John Belardo 2010, Steel, 60x31x22"

Wisdom
Wisdom

John Belardo 2010, Steel, 60x31x22"

Skyscraper
Skyscraper

John Belardo 2011, Steel, 46x18x14"

Ethic
Ethic

John Belardo 2011, Steel, 140x58x40"

Ethic
Ethic

John Belardo 2011, Steel, 140x58x40"

Geo-skull
Geo-skull

John Belardo 2008, Steel, 19x24x16"

Geo-skull
Geo-skull

John Belardo 2008, Steel, wood, 66x50x50"

Levitator
Levitator

John Belardo 2010, Steel, 40x30x34"

Levitator
Levitator

John Belardo 2010, Steel, 40x30x34"

Geo-eye
Geo-eye

John Belardo 2008, Steel, 40x48x18"

Geo-eye
Geo-eye

John Belardo 2008, Steel, 40x48x18"

Suspension
Suspension

John Belardo 2009, Steel, 41x20x36"

Suspension
Suspension

John Belardo 2009, Steel, 41x20x36"

Suspension
Suspension

John Belardo 2009, Steel, 41x20x36"