July 2017 – Allen Hirsh: A Mathematically Transformed World
July 5-30, 2017
Opening reception: Sat,, July 8, 6 – 9 pm
Allen Hirsh’s large, intensely-colored images range from landscapes to abstracts, contorted figures, and even the President. We see landscapes that somehow retain their classical balance, nudes reduced to flesh at its most elemental, flowers stretched like taffy or turned geometrical — and, of course, the President. Hirsh’s work can echo that of Klimt, Richter, or the psychedelic ’60s. A scientist, Hirsh distorts images with mathematical programs he designed himself, producing work that is both strange and painterly.
Says Hirsh, “The most powerful intellectual tool science has is mathematics. As a physical scientist I know that when a theorem about how the world works is put into the language of mathematics, unimagined results can be predicted by following the math where it leads. Computers enormously facilitate the process. I saw this as an opportunity to create a new kind of mathematical art, an art that allows me to microscopically meld and rearrange real world images — exploring the limits of beauty, strange transformations of the human form, and ways of making political and social statements. It is mathematics in the service of art.”