Jiri Kratochvil I would not have wanted to know polyethylene 160 cm
2 February to 17 March 2002
Cape Peter Freeman Judith Frost Jane Harris
Richard Kirwan Jiri Kratochvil
Mathématics arises from trying to solve problems. These problems can be defined from three primary directions:
- from the external world - geometry, calculus
- from intellectual playfulness - number theory, probability, algebra
- from reflecting on the power and limitation of our intellect - mathematical logic, infinity.
The efforts to solve these primary problems produce not only manipulative techniques but also new concepts and patterns of thought, which in turn produce new problems. It is also these new patterns of thought, at one remove from the primary problems, which form the rich and intricate heart of mathematics.
Because these patterns have been formed by our intellect, and so are conformable to our understanding, they modify or even revolutionise our view and knowledge of the external world.
(taken from Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought)
mathématique brings together 10 artists whose work relates, by means of various approaches and media, to the extravagant tapestry of mathematics.
This founding principle, which forms the basis for the exhibition, encompasses such diversity as the accurate calculations required for carpentry, the random patterns of a fiber optics display, lateral thinking jottings, quasi technical drawings, paintings using architectural templates and structures resulting from the repetition of geometric shapes.
A publication with a text by John Tozer will be available.