The Select Art Fair in NYC last week had an emphasis on Performance and Installation Art. I was not sure I would find any work with Mathematical elements besides my own work and the Tessellation prints of Dikko Faust. After the smoke cleared, and I mean that literally – an installation piece featuring mating bigfoot mannequins used a smoke machine during the busiest hours of the show – I was able to find some Math Art. The Transmitter Gallery exhibited the work of Gilbert Hsiao in their booth. I was particularly impressed with The sculpture “Headstone Friends”.
“Headstone Friends” from 2015 is a cylindrical column made up of a stack of vinyl records. The circular discs are all parallel with a uniform sliver of space between each record. There is a smaller solid column steel and concrete column running up through the center of the sculpture. The most amazing aspect of this work is the way the light shines through the records at the viewers sight line. Only when the viewer looks straight between the discs is the light between the vinyl visible. Here is a video
demonstrating how the light moves up and down with the sightline.
“Headstone Friends” is an interesting use of circular discs to create a column but it is also about how the viewer’s line of vision behaves like a vector. Hsiao enables the viewer to take an active role in the mathematics.
This is another big week for Art Fairs in New York. I will be at the Select Fair in Chelsea, New York with Purgatory Pie Press. It will run from Wednesday night through Sunday. If you are in the area stop by for a visit and see some new work. I will be showing some of my Mathematical Marking Drawings, Fibonacci Flowers, Spirals and Trees. Dikko Faust’s Tessellation prints will be on display, as well as his newest work (the ink is still wet) with Mathematical Moiré patterns. This is an exciting new process Faust has developed using rotating grids. It should be an exciting week!
Mark Knoerzer’s current exhibition “ORBIS” is all about circles. Not only are the paintings circular in format, the artist’s interest in the celestial planetary orbits is expressed through the use of consecutive circles.These abstract paintings are oil, acrylic and epoxy on wood and require many layers of pigment to achieve their glowing shiny quality. What makes these images geometrically interesting is how Knoerzer manipulates the concentric circles creating different symmetries.
In the painting “Stella 2” above, The base circles have been divided into four segments that meet at the center point. The segments have been “cut” into petal shapes. Each of these petal shapes have a line of reflection symmetry and the entire painting (disregarding coloration) has order 4 rotational symmetry. This creates a thematic tension in this painting. The circular format and the underlying concentric circles all have infinitely many lines of symmetry, but the geometric pattern created has limited symmetry. Knoerzer’s exploration of the geometry of planets is enhanced by his laborious painting technique. The final product is a celebration of light, space and circles.
Picture courtesy of the gallery and the artist