To many, mathematics and art could not stand on more different ground: one identifies with the left brain, the other with the right; one is analytical, the other creative, however “both disciplines are creative endeavors with analytical components that are essential elements of contemporary civilization.” (Carla Farsi)
This exhibition wants to explore the role played by mathematical formulas, systems and algorithms in the creative process engaged by the featured artists. It presents works from a wide range of media, spanning from painting to sculpture, through to wall-drawing, computational film and origami.
In some cases the connection to mathematics is immediately evident, such as in Bernar Venet’s paintings from the Saturation and Equation series depicting mathematical formulas on large canvases or in Thomas Ruff’s large chromogenic prints from Zycles series, abstract curvilinear shapes based on “cycloids”, the mathematical curves obtained from rolling one curve along a second, fixed curve. A similar approach and aesthetic sensibility is found in Kysa Johnson’s Subatomic Decay Pattern Pieces, drawings of 11 of the most common subatomic decay patterns layered up over and over each other; as well as in the drawings and sculptures by Justin Stewart from his Systems of Knowing series.
For others such as Jane Philbrick with her Floating Sculpture, Joe Diebes presenting an interactive audio work, and Vargas Suarez Universal, featuring a large-scale wall installation and geometric paintings, the relationship of their work with mathematics may not be as overt, but is nonetheless equally significant. Other artists included in the show are Michael Joaquin Grey presenting a study for a new computational film; Susan Weinthaler and Stephen Schaum, both featuring site-specific sculptural works made with mirrored stainless steel; Tristan Perich with a Machine Drawing created over time by a machine he built himself; Stephen Talasnik with a wall panel and three small scale sculptures and, last but not least, the father and son origami masters Martin and Erik Demaine, who created three Curved Crease Sculptures specifically for this exhibition.
A series of workshops and panel discussions with the participating artists will be presented throughout the duration of the exhibition.