The Pontchartrain Film Festival will present an award-winning documentary, Bending Lines: The Sculpture of Robert Wiggs, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St. in Covington. The screening kicks off the annual PFF Tour of documentary films, in partnership with the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St.
Co-directors Allison Bohl Dehart and Peter Dehart will attend and be available for a Q&A after the screening. Admission is $5 for the public, and free for STAA members.
The film is focused on the legacy of sculptor Robert Wiggs, a Lafayette-based artist obsessed with patterns. Wiggs studied mud cracks, beehives, and tree bark to create a geometric system that rivals the work of academic mathematicians. The Deharts filmed the artist while in his 90s, as his artwork continued to express a passion to discover the essence of the natural world.
Although never formally trained in mathematics, Wiggs’ system was expressed and explored in scores of sculptures that can be seen in public spaces on the campus of LSU and throughout the Lafayette area where he was an art professor for more than 30 years.
In 1987 Wiggs received international recognition with his discovery of the “ninth self, all-space filling polyhedron,” which he named the “Twist Octahedron.” Buckminster Fuller discovered one of the other eight polyhedrons.
Wiggs' aesthetic intuition about suture mechanics, the inherent structure in the natural world, “illustrates the principles underlying both quantum theory and particle physics,” says Cyril Stanley Smith, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Allison Bohl Dehart has won awards for her work on short-form documentaries I Always Do My Collars First and Raised on Rice and Gravy. She and Peter Dehart have also produced music videos and concert documentaries. Bending Lines is their first feature-length documentary.
Bending Lines is the first screening of the 2019 Pontchartrain Film Festival Tour of documentary films. PFF brings together community partners and filmmakers to present their work throughout the north shore. The tour will culminate in the Eighth Annual Pontchartrain Film Festival weekend, Nov. 1-2, in an expanded format and location at the Mandeville Community Center, 3090 E. Causeway Approach.
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