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September 07 - November 18, 2009

The Aesthetics of Math

Art Exhibition

Works by Sarah Ferguson, Haresh Lalvani, Devin Powers, Joan Waltemath

at the Center

Mathematics has been used for millennia as a tool for organizing and explaining finite reality while simultaneously touching the infinite. Visual art draws on the language of images to convey both order and chaos in the tangible and ephemeral worlds. The Aesthetics of Math, the first exhibition of the 2009-10 Philoctetes season, explores the intersection between these ways of understanding beauty, complexity, and the sublime.

For Devin Powers, pattern and symmetry contain intimations of a higher reason. Joan Waltemath uses irrational numbers to unlock the aesthetic impact of her work, aiming at a heightened awareness of how art is apprehended. Sarah Ferguson shrouds her images in mathematical figures, creating a screen that is both porous and impenetrable, while Haresh Lalvani addresses the concept of infinity through the morphological permutations mapped in his metal sculptures.

Artist's Reception: Saturday, October 17, 5:00PM-7:00PM, immdiately following the roundtable Mathematics and Religion.

This exhibition is part of a series on mathematics made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Events in this series include Naming God, Naming Infinity, Mathematics and Religion and Mathematics and Beauty.

To hear more about Milgo-Bufkin, where Haresh Lalvani's metal sculptures are fabricated, go to Science and the City Podcast.

The exhibition may be viewed by appointment M-F from 11:00AM to 5:00PM. Please call 646-422-0544 or email info@philoctetes.org to make arrangements.

Exhibition curated by Hallie Cohen (Chair, Art Department, Marymount Manhattan College), with Adam Ludwig.

Devin Powers, Manifest Study

Haresh Lalvani, Zig-Zag XURF

Joan Waltemath, Below

Sarah Ferguson, Math Head 8