Spalding House: Finding X

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    Tsuruta Ichiro. 'Hand Mirror - Pink Version,' 1998. Wood engraving. Gift of Philip H. Roach Jr., 2010 (31905)

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    Jonathan Borofsky (American, born 1942). 'Piece of Infinity (B),' 1991. Hardwood (purple heart), 24 elements. Collection of Sharon and Thurston Twigg-Smith.

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    Thomas Woodruff (American, born 1957). The months of February, March, July, and December, from "Apple Canon," 1997. Acrylic on canvas mounted on panels. Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and purchased with funds given by members of the "App

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January 11, 2013 - June 04, 2013
Spalding House

Exhibition Overview

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.  Through June 4.

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. Through May 23.

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. Through May 23.

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. Through June 4.

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, Josef Albers, Ilya Bolotowsky, Larry Bell, Donald Judd, Agnes Denes, John McCracken, and others. Through May 23.


Jonathan Borofsky, American, born 1942
Piece of Infinity (B
), 1991
hardwood (purple heart), 24 elements
96 x 99 x 2 inches
Collection of Sharon and Thurston Twigg-Smith