In their work, Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu, the artist duo behind art and design studio HYBYCOZO, investigate the influences of mathematics and geometry in the history of artwork, and human evolution, as well as the interconnections among contemporary physics, biological patterns, and ancient craft. Using advanced manufacturing and prototyping technology, their works generate tension between hard geometric surfaces and soft interior illumination, promoting a sense of contemplation and awe of the inherent beauty of universal forms. Their work consists of larger than life sculptures, often with laser cut patterns. Much of their artwork acknowledges diverse cultural influences in pattern making and design.
In 2014, the duo brought their first collaborative installation, Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone (HYBYCOZO), to playa—three steel polyhedral sculptures that, by day appear solid and, at night, cast otherworldly patterns of light and shadow on the surrounding earth. Soon after, they took the name HYBYCOZO for their continued collaboration, focusing on installations that reflect patterns drawn from mathematics, science, nature, and culture. The moniker comes from Douglas Adams’s classic sci-fi novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, for which the artists share an affinity, and the titles of several subsequent works by the pair are drawn from that same source.
They have permanent public sculptures globally from Dubai to Istanbul, Florida, Las Vegas, Nevada, and the San Francisco Bay Area, the US embassy in Ankara, Turkey, as well as the new California State building in Sacramento. They have exhibited at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian museum, Burning Man festival, the Toronto Light Festival, in addition to many other public commissions & exhibitions.