To Infinity and Beyond: Mathematics in Contemporary Art
April 19, 2008 - June 22, 2008

Mel Bochner
Theorem of Pythagoras. 1997.
Wood engraving on handmade paper. Sheet: 22 x 17-1/2 in.
Ed 12/15. Publisher: Two Palms, New York.


Our era is driven by the possibilities inherent in reducing countless observations to one mathematical formula and of generating seemingly random phenomena from a set of precise rules.  The geometry of the universe has been summarized in E=mc2, the Book of Life has been translated into the four-letter code of DNA, and machines computing with two digits have discerned patterns in the world of science and in everyday life.  Yet despite its central position in the modern intellectual landscape, mathematics has often mystified the  non-specialist because its secrets are written in a foreign language of mathematical symbols.

The intent of To Infinity and Beyond is to describe the ideas that drive mathematics—numbers, geometry, pattern, and so on—and to demonstrate how artists have expressed these topics.  The exhibition will include an international selection of art inspired by mathematics, and the exhibition scripting will illuminate the sources of the work as found in symbols, formulas and graphs.  Approximating a pictorial visualization of abstract concepts, To Infinity and Beyond will reveal the profound impact that these diagrams and patterns have had on the artists who create today's visual environment, and demonstrate that mathematics—because of its abstractness—is the international language of exact thought.

Artists to be featured include:  Richard Anuskiewicz, Max Bill, Mel Bochner, Squeak Carnwath, Roz Chast, Rupert Deese, Grace DeGennaro, Pedro De Movellan, Agnes Denes, M.C. Escher, Alfred Jensen, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Micha Lexier, Sol Lewitt, Anthony McCall, Manfred Mohr, Sharon Molloy, Francois Morellet, Olivia Parker, Rosamond Purcell, Rick Purdy, James Sanborn, Tom Shannon, Stephen Sollins, Bernar Venet, Julian Voss-Andreae, Ouattara Watts, Melvin Way, Rebecca Welz, Kevin Wixted and Richard Yarde.

This exhibition is guest curated by Elizabeth Meryman, a New York City-based art consultant, and Lynn Gamwell, Director of the Binghamton University Art Museum, who together co-curated the exhibition Genetic Expressions:  Art after DNA for the Heckscher in 2003.

This exhibition is made possible with generous funding provided by Roslyn Savings Foundation.

Funding provided, in part, by Suffolk County under the auspices of the Office of Film and Cultural Affairs, Steve Levy, County Executive.

This exhibition is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.


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