I Ching Math & Dots 4

Archival pigment print

Edition: 1/8 + 2 AP

Printed with 12-Color Epson on Hahnenuhle acid free etching paper

15″ x 15″

Signature: bottom right

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This print is from series of prints based on the “I Ching,” the millenary system also known as “The Book of Changes.” The project was inspired by the use of the “I Ching” in Art and Chance pioneered by American composer John Cage. The most common presentation of the I Ching is in a chart containing 64 hexagrams.

I wrote original mathematical formulations to create new 3 dimensional hexagrams represented in constructive solid geometry. For the “Dots” I assigned pure color to the 8 elements (trigrams) that gave birth to the hexagrams and I used the rules of the system to build chromatic hexagrams. I have reassembled the I Ching chart referencing art systems like those used by Damien Hirst in his Dots paintings. Each print in the series represents a quadrant of the whole chart.

Antonio Cortez is a multimedia artist known for developing Mathematical Formulations in the Service of Art, and The 3 Dimensional I Ching. In these bodies of works, Cortez explores geometries from abstract mathematical functions and their intersection with Art. His work often involves conceptual installations, animation, photography, video and new media arts.

Since 2010 Cortez has exhibited in the Bay Area in conceptually curated exhibitions such as Prints Byte, Keeping an Eye in Surveillance, Left to Chance, and The Future Imagined (part of the ZERO 1 Biennial) to name a few. Cortez’ 3D I Ching Chart was referenced by San Francisco Chronicle’s art critic Kenneth Baker in his 2012 review “John Cage’s influence explored in Get Lucky”. Mr. Baker wrote: “In composing music and making or staging visual art, Cage frequently used the I Ching, the traditional Chinese divination system, as a means to give randomness to decisions. Several pieces here make explicit reference to it, notably a work by Antonio Cortez in both static and digital display. By adept use of design software, Cortez translated the 64 two-dimensional hexagrams of the I Ching into colorful 3-D models, referencing, as Cage typically did not, the hexagrams’ metaphorical associations.””


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