Artist to Open Math Studio
Renowned American contemporary
visual artist Richard Tuttle will give the opening talk
at “x=,” a three-day
art and math symposium, and the inaugural event for MathStudio,
a new collaborative project directed by Pau Atela,
professor of mathematics.
Tuttle's talk on Thursday,
October 16, at 5 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall,
will reflect on the intersections between math and art
and the essentially creative nature of both. It will be
followed by a question-and-answer session. Admission is
free and open to all.
Box (1999) by Richard Tuttle. Acrylic and tape
on museum board.
“x=” is a site-specific
joint project involving collaboration among mathematicians
at Smith’s MathStudio
and artists at the A.P.E. Gallery in downtown Northampton.
The project, which will take place in Northampton October
16 through 19, is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
with support from the Smith College Museum of Art.
Tuttle, who began his career in the 1960s, has received
a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the Skowhegan
Medal for Sculpture. He recently had an exhibition at the
Museum of Modern Art and a retrospective of his 40-year career
at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney
Museum of American Art.
Although most of Tuttle’s
work is in three-dimensional form, he commonly refers to
his work as drawing rather than sculpture. He creates small,
eccentrically playful objects using materials such as paper,
rope, string, cloth, wire, twigs, cardboard, bubble wrap,
Styrofoam and plywood. He
also manipulates the space in which his objects exist, placing
them unnaturally high or oddly low on a wall, forcing a shift
in observers’ perspectives.
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