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“SquareRoots: A Quilted Manifesto”

Journey of A MathArtist, A John Sims Project

Jan 23 - Mar 27, 2015

A production of the SCF Fine Art Gallery, in association with the Mathematics Department, the Department of Art, Design, Humanities, and with assistance from SCF Pride in Excellence (P.I.E.), “SquareRoots: A Quilted Manifesto” seeks to explore the connections between mathematical and artistic process by using the vocabulary of design and function as an entry for a more expanded and palatable mathematical art experience. And, because the number Pi, 3.14159… plays a central role in the creation of the work, the exhibition will extend beyond Pi Day, 3/14/15, in the year of Pi.         

“Math has and continues to play a foundational role in the development of the human experience,” Sims said. “Math serves as a parameter of human intelligence and is an indispensable tool, which is essential to seeing beyond the retinal and knowing beyond the intuitive.”              

“SquareRoots: A Quilted Manifesto” will include Sims’ recently completed, math-inspired visual imagery, featuring 13 math/art quilts, nine dresses based on the number Pi, a blues composition based on Pi, and a video installation introducing Johannes Curtis Schwarzenstein, the Afro-German Jewish math-art poet.              

The quilts were created in collaboration with the Alma Sue Quilt Shop in Sarasota, which is home to a unique store where experienced quilters, including many Amish quilters, practice their craft in the store while customers shop.                

Exhibit dates are Jan. 23 – March 27; closed March 9-13 for Spring Break. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday. For more information, call Joe Loccisano, gallery manager, at 941-752-5225. Maps and directions are online at scf.edu/maps.              

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