On Stellar Rays presents Towards a Warm Math, an exhibition comprised of works that mingle strategies and forms borrowed from the hard-edged fields of science, mathematics, and technology with qualities and approaches that are more expressly humanistic—works, in other words, that attempt to muddy the pellucid water of stubborn facts and with unruly sediments of the personal, the biomorphic, and the spiritual. They are works that act as solvents, softening the normally rigid demarcation lines that divide the perpetually warring disciplinary camps of our thought, and dissolving the walls erected between the realms of the subjective and the objective.
However, this act of blurring boundaries should not suggest the privileging of a single position. There is no attempt, here, to tear down the austere edifice of the sciences, or to whip art into shape. Rather, the works in the show merely embody an interweaving of the hard and the soft, the computational and the poetic, and assert the fluid, often idiosyncratic methodologies of their makers.
The exhibition title is borrowed from Lucas Blalock’s book of the same name, which includes an essay by John Houck. Available at Hassla Books.
To learn more about the artists in Towards a Warm Math click here to download a PDF.
until June 3, 2012
Brody Condon, Vat Flesh on Pedestal of Imitation Jade, 2010
Oliver Laric, Versions, 2009
Paul Laffoley, The Sexuality of Robots, 2009/2010
Yayoi Kusama, Midnight Eye, 1994
Will Insley, /Building/ No. 14, Channel Space Auto-run, 1969/1974
John Houck, Untitled, #18, 65,497 combinations of a 2×2 grid, 2012
John Houck, Untitled, #26, 50,624 combinations of a 2×2 grid, 2012
Lucas Blalock, Rocking Chair, 2012
Lucas Blalock, Numbers, 2011
Guy de Cointet, Page From My Intimate Journal, Part I, 1974
Thomas Bayrle, Stalin (rote Version), 1970
Mel Bochner, Perspective Insert (Collapsed Center): Color, 1967/2011
Courtesy of On Stellar Rays, New York. Photo: Adam Reich