Guang Zhu: An Aquarium of Equations

Zhu, "One Music Note"

Zhu, “One Music Note”

An Aquarium of Equations is an exhibition about the poetry of parametric equations, in the form of prints and computational visualizations. In this body of work the artist finds poetry by weaving together high tech equation based visualizations and laser-cutting technology with traditional hand printed wood block prints and old styled televisions.

Zhu’s installation begins with four videos exhibiting the mathematical motion of her self-designed parametric equations, processed through computational code to produce

Zhu, InstallationShot

Zhu, InstallationShot

stunning visualizations. She says that the ‘movement in mathematically based visualizations fascinates her.’ Musing about them she comments: “I wonder whether we can feel mathematics by its abstract yet form full motions.”  These equations are also the inspiration for the nine laser-cut hand printed, woodblock prints, that are exhibited in addition to the videos.

Guang Zhu’s works are inspired by her research into the history of mathematics and her explorations of parametric equations. From the seemingly terse formulas and the impersonal nature of code combined with a fascinated for the movement of mathematical visualizations she creates whimsical and wonderfully dynamic simulations. It is from these simulations that Zhu questions how art objects can be an embodiment of both mathematical symbols and computational processes while contemplating a metaphysical understanding of this intersection.

Zhu, "Moonlike #3"

Zhu, “Moonlike #3”

Barely out of college, her Master’s thesis “The Parametric Courante” propelled her into a series of publications on her ideas. Her thesis was published in Fylkingen Publishing’s Hz Journal in Stockholm, Sweden. Her follow up paper “ReasonLess Math” was published at VOKE Journal and presented at The Arts in Society conference, Rome, Italy, 2014.

The award-winning organization HERE has been one of New York’s premier arts organizations and a leader in the field of producing and presenting new, hybrid art since 1993. HERE presents a variety of artistic disciplines — media, visual art, installation, theatre, dance, music and opera, puppetry, spoken word and performance art. HERE’s work is challenging and alternative and offers audiences the opportunity to feel that they are part of something new and fresh.

April 30 – June 20, 2015
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New York, NY
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China Blue is an internationally exhibiting artist and the Founding Director of The Engine Institute. She is the recipient of a 2012 RISCA Fellowship in New Genres and her exhibition "Firefly Trees" was nominated for 2012 Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally by the International Association of Art Critics. Her in depth worked in sound was what drove her to be the first person to record the Eiffel Tower in Paris and through a NASA/Rhode Island Space Grant she was invited to do a pilot study to record nature in an innovative way. She has shown her works in museums, galleries and non-profit institutions for over 20 years. Her work has been widely covered in web, television and print media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and NPR.
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