Nelson Saiers: One-On-One
Nelson Saiers: One-On-One
May 12-30 at 312 Bowery
A rotating installation featuring 7 works by Nelson Saiers in which a new piece was unveiled every week.
Nelson Saiers—artist, math PhD and polymath—opened a rotating installation featuring seven works, One-On-One, at The Hole Shop, with a new piece unveiled every Tuesday from May 12 to June 30, 2015.
When we view a work of art, we often wonder what an artist was thinking and feeling when he or she created it. With One-On-One, we get an intimate view into the world of artist Nelson Saiers as he merges mathematics with his personal philosophy to find a new, visual way of exploring human nature. In One-On-One, the viewer was invited to experience one piece at a time over the course of seven weeks. Each piece in the seven-part series included an audio guide with Saiers explaining the intricate theory behind the work currently on view. The installation changed every Tuesday when a new work was unveiled.
Saiers uses a mathematical framework to distill down and then sum up complex human ideas in an effort to articulate and express truth. To do so, he brings together seemingly disparate or disassociated concepts and subjects in a seamless and minimalist way. His artwork is a visual mathematics – beyond equations and proofs – that beautifully actualizes rational, simple statements of truth with the strength of all of the abstraction behind them. Thus, Saiers not only uses mathematical theories but transcends them, delivering an aesthetic and visual statement with technical, cultural, and personal layers.
One-On-One extends Saiers’ exploration of the world through his unique lens. His pieces align with three core topics: social justice (notably peace and the achievements of women), abstract concepts regarding the human condition explored through mathematics (notably geometry, topology, and paradox), and the very nature of a still life. Braille markings continue to play a prominent role in Saiers’ pieces, pointing to the nature of infinity, the quest for mathematical truth so often obscured by abstraction, and humanity’s blindness to societal issues.
In the first piece of the installation, Paradox in Abstract Art, Saiers uses several Aristotelian paradoxes and observations to create the framework for the piece. Addressing Aristotle’s famous wheel paradox, observations about ships, and his addition of aether as the fifth of the classic elements, Saiers wrestles with the concept of infinity in mathematics, the Earth’s geometry, and Robert Boyle’s Theory of Gases.
Each additional piece promised to unveil not only visually striking works of art, but also the intellectual depth that makes Saiers’ work so unique.
One-On-One, curated by Laura O’Reilly. For more information on available works by Nelson Saiers or programming at The Hole Shop contact Laura@wallplay.com
Nelson Saiers is an artist based in New York City. Saiers previously worked in finance, where he managed a hedge fund. He earned his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Virginia at the age of 23. Saiers endured wars in Ethiopia and Afghanistan, and uses his math-based art to draw attention to social issues around the world. For more on his artwork, visit www.nelsonsaiers.com.