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Lucas Blalock, Numbers, 2011

Lucas Blalock
Numbers, 2011
Silver gelatin print
30 by 38 inches

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Towards a Warm Math, Installation view at On Stellar Rays

Installation view (Melvin Way, Lucas Blalock, Haris Epaminonda, Will Insley, Thomas Bayrle, Oliver Laric, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Mel Bochner)

Towards a Warm Math, Installation view at On Stellar Rays

Installation view (Thomas Bayrle, Oliver Laric, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Mel Bochner)

Towards a Warm Math, Installation view at On Stellar Rays

Installation view (Lucas Blalock, John Houck, Barbara Kasten, Paul Laffoley, Brody Condon, Eugene Von Bruenchenehein, Yayoi Kusama)

Oliver Laric, Versions

Oliver Laric
Versions, 2009
Polyurethane
11-1/2 by 6-1/2 by 4 inches

John Houck

John Houck
Untitled, #18, 65,497 combinations of a 2x2 grid, 16 colors, 2012
Creased archival pigment print (unique)
26 by 32 inches (framed)

John Houck

John Houck
Untitled, #26, 50,624 combinations of a 2x2 grid, 15 colors, 2012
Creased archival pigment print (unique)
26 by 32 inches (framed)

Lucas Blalock, Rocking Chair, 2012

Lucas Blalock
Rocking Chair, 2012
C-print
53 by 42 inches

Will Insley, /Building/ No. 14, Channel Space Auto-run

Will Insley
/Building/ No. 14, Channel Space Auto-run, 1969-1974
Photomontage
30 by 24 inches

Yayoi Kusama, Midnight Eye

Yayoi Kusama
Midnight Eye, 1994
Mixed media
14-1/4 by 20-1/4 inches

Paul Laffoley, The Sexuality of Robots

Paul Laffoley
The Sexuality of Robots, 2009/2010
Mixed media
30 by 30 inches

Haris Epaminonda, Nemesis 52, 2003

Haris Epaminonda
Nemesis 52, 2003
Single-channel video (color, sound)
13:07 minutes

Mel Bochner, Perspective Insert (Collapsed Center): Color

Mel Bochner
Perspective Insert (Collapsed Center): Color, 1967/2011
C-print mounted on aluminum
27-3/4 by 28-1/2 inches

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Towards a Warm Math

April 22 – June 3, 2012

Curated by Chris Wiley

Thomas Bayrle
Rossella Biscotti & Kevin van Braak
Lucas Blalock
Mel Bochner
Brody Condon
Guy de Cointet
Haris Epaminonda
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
John Houck
Will Insley
Yayoi Kusama
Barbara Kasten
Paul Laffoley
Oliver Laric
Ionel Talpazan
Melvin Way
Stephen Vitiello
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Press
Will Heinrich for The New York Observer / GalleristNY
Chloe Wyma for ARTINFO

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.