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Art ∩ Math

Art ∩ Math

Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine, "Something from Nothing from Nothing III", 2014

Mathematics is the study of structure, number, pattern, and shape; though abstract, it has influenced art for centuries. Today, math and art are exploring bold new realms. The power of their insights and effects on each other provides opportunities to be delighted by seeing new connections hiding in plain sight. Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents Art ∩ Math, (Art intersect Math), an exhibit that explores the intersection of artistic expression and mathematical ideas. Art ∩ Math runs from March 1 through April 14, 2018.

Mathematics is a fresh lens to understand art: reckoning with chaos, algorithms, equivalence, topology, geometry and other mathematics tools to helps us see art and the world with more depth. A diverse selection of media will be featured in the exhibit from artists and mathematicians including sculpture and oil paint, to textile and metalwork. Mathematician artists include Jayadev Athreya, Katherine Cook, Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine, Edmund Harriss, and Hamid Naderi Yeganeh. Visual artists who use mathematical principles in their practices include Rachel Holloway, Claire B. Jones, George Legrady, Jean Mandeberg, Savina Mason, Suchitra Mattai, June Sekiguchi, Timea Tihanyi/Slip Rabbit, Lun-Yi Tsa, Amber Barney-Nivon, and Ilana Zweschi.

The exhibit is the brainchild of CoCA Board Member and Artist, Kate Vrijmoet, and mathematician educators Katherine Cook and Dr. Dan Finkel. In addition to curating Art ∩ Math, Finkel and Cook also run Math for Love, a Seattle-based organization focused on transforming how mathematics is taught and learned. They also designed the mathematical board games Prime Climb and Tiny Polka Dot, and created the summer curriculum used by Seattle Public Schools.


An exhibit book will accompany the exhibit. Artwork, books, posters, and games will be for sale. Events include a Pi Day presentation, The Beauty of Math, March 14 at 6:30pm with Finkel and Cook. Dance performance of necessary and sufficient, by Katherine Cook, on  April 6th at 7:00pm, April 7th at 3:00pm—a conversation between the embodied human and mathematical structure, exploring how pattern and form emerges from and becomes sustained by dancers. The exhibit closes with a Gathering for Gardner event on April 14 at 2pm. The curators will be in attendance at the public opening reception during Pioneer Square Artwalk on Thursday, March 1, 6-9pm.  This exhibit is made possible with support from Gathering for Gardner, the Julia Robinson Math Festival, University of Washington Mathematics Department, and Rock’s Studio.

Art ∩ Math Catalogue Book Link

Calendar Listing:
Art ∩ Math: Exhibition opens March 1 - April 14, 2018
Opening Reception on Thursday, March 1, 6pm – 9pm, as part of Pioneer Square Art Walk

Artists’ Events:
Pi Day: Curators will present on The Beauty of Math March 14th, 6:30 pm
Dance performances of necessary and sufficient, April 6th at 7:00pm, April 7th at 3:00pm
Gathering for Gardner, April 14, 2018 at 2 pm

Exhibition and events at CoCA in Pioneer Square:
114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104
Gallery hours are Thursday - Saturday, 10am – 5pm


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