Color Theory

Paint it white

Damn. My professors always stressed the everyday necessity of algebra, but I never needed that skill until now.

Let's break this exhibition down into the lowest common denominator. Do these equations explain emotions? My mind craves a simple, clear-cut answer, but Clayton and Sidebotham just provide the creative ideas and the formulas. There's nothing to tie the two together; no way for people like me, who barely passed high school geometry, to determine whether the equations have any connection to the emotional statements they're supposed to represent. It's like reading a sign where half the text is in English and the other half is in a language you don't understand. There's no middle ground — no key that would help bridge the gap between the language of mathematics and the language of feeling.

Detail of chalkboard in "Inner Equations," 2004, by Lorenzo Clayton and George Sidebotham
Craig Smith
Detail of chalkboard in "Inner Equations," 2004, by Lorenzo Clayton and George Sidebotham
Chalkboard in "Inner Equations"
Craig Smith
Chalkboard in "Inner Equations"

Details

Installation artwork by Lorenzo Clayton and George Sidebotham continues through September 30. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for students, $3 for children 6 to 12; children under 6, Heard Museum members and Native Americans free. Call 602-252-8848 or go to »web link.
Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue

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