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.
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.
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.