Finding X

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Piece of Infinity (B), 1991 Hardwood (Purple Heart), 24 Elements 96 X 99 X 2 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & The Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House
Finding X

2411 Makiki Heights Dr
Honolulu, HI 96822
January 11th, 2013 - May 22nd, 2013
Opening: January 11th, 2013 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

United States
(808) 532-8700
Tues - Sat 10am-4pm, Sun Noon -4pm


The second installment of Spalding House’s education-driven exhibition arc is Finding X, which explores the yin-yang-like relationship between mathematics and art through five smaller exhibitions.

The Tally
Humans have been counting for thousands of years. First, verbally (out loud or mentally), or with fingers, and then with some kind of marking tabulation to track, measure in increments, or to assign value. This exhibition looks at ways contemporary artists use numerals and counting practices in their work. Included are works by Jonathan Borofsky, Micah Lexier, Deborah Nehmad, and Thomas Woodruff.

Textile 1010101
When the dizzying patterns of a Filipino Tinguian shaman blanket and other textiles are interpreted through simple binary codes, the connection between the modern-day computer and traditional woven textiles becomes crystal clear.

To no end/ Show your work
There is proof that infinity exists, but what does it look like? We turn the gallery into a workspace where students from the University of Hawai‘i–Manoa math and art departments wrap their collective minds around the question and collaborate to create infinity in the flesh.

Faces and Places
See how artists like portraitist Susanna Coffey, sculptor Elie Nadelman, and painter Charles Bartlett employ mathematic formulas to render people and places in works from the museum’s collection.

The Shape of Things
Triangles, squares, and circles serve as building blocks to the visual world. The Shape of Things bring together work by artists who utilize these elemental forms in their work. The exhibition features work by Piet Mondrian, Joseph Albers, Ilya Bolotowsky, Larry Bell, Donald Judd, Agnes Denes, John McCracken, and others.