Frank Murri: The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi (π) - Art Collector

Frank Murri, ThePrime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi - Panel #1 (1-322 digits) 2016. Timber,acrylic and ink on board. 94 × 58 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and Tweed Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah.

"My art practice consists of wall-hung, timber relief sculptural panels; created by incorporating mathematical formulas, theorems and sequences. This unique art form advocates pure abstraction in an attempt to synthesize a design aesthetic.

In this exhibition, I have encoded and carved multiple wall panels with over 10,000 digits of the Pi number (which represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter). Within this sequence, I have highlighted (with Primary colours), the first four single digit Prime numbers (2, 3, 5, 7) contained within them, in an exploration of the aesthetic in Number Theory.

By looking into the realm of pure mathematics, there lies within a beauty which transcends its usual form. A quote comes to mind which encapsulates this synergy between mathematics and art.

“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture...”

- Bertrand Russell, philosopher and mathematician

The pieces I’ve created are formulated to capture this beauty."

Frank Murri
Newcastle, Australia
April, 2017

Exhibition opens: 6pm - 8pm, Friday 8 December 2017
Exhibition closes: 22 April 2018
Location: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, 2 Mistral Road, Murwillumbah NSW 2484
Contact: +61 2 6670 2790
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