In secondary school we had the opportunity to study four different Design and Technology subjects – Textiles, Food Technology, Electronics, and Resistant Materials – which were rotated on a termly base. Electronics was, by far, the most dull and least useful of the options, and was always met with wearied apprehension. In fact, it’s only saving grace was that we got to play with soldering irons.
Artist Leonardo Ulian clearly shares our adolescent enthusiasm for soldering one thing onto another with his latest work Technological Mandala.
Although none of his Mandala’s actually ‘work’ in the sense of activating anything, their ability to turn electronic components into something aesthetically pleasing is quite astonishing. The neat-freak in me bows down to his masterful symmetry.