Featured Exhibit | Cawein Gallery

The Temple of the Peach

Frank A. Farris – SymmetryScapes West: an exhibition of mathematical art | Oct. 24 through Dec. 16

Frank A. Farris is the Editor of Mathematics Magazine, an official publication of the Mathematical Association of America and a former professor for the Department of Math and Computer Science at Santa Clara University. Farris' background in mathematics informs his artistic practice of creating large, patterned prints that range from the surreal to the abstract.  

“My artistic impulse is to let the beauty of the real world shine into the realm of mathematical patterns. My method combines photographs with complex-valued functions in the plane to create images with all possible types of symmetry: Euclidean, hyperbolic, and spherical symmetries (as these act on the plane). For some works, I then transfer plane images back to the sphere.”

The systems Farris uses to create his works are described in his book Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, published in 2015 by Princeton University Press, which won an Honorable Mention at the 2016 PROSE Awards. Join us Monday, October 24 for a full evening of programming surrounding the works of Frank A. Farris, including a gallery opening, an artist talk, and a book signing with accompanying reception. 

Monday, Oct. 24 | 4-7 p.m.
4 p.m. | Show Opening and Meet the Artist Reception in the gallery with extended hours until 7 p.m.
5-6 p.m. | Artist Talk | Creating Symmetry: A New Path to Patterns in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center
6-7 p.m. | Book Signing and Reception in the Scott Hall Lobby

Tuesday, Oct. 25 | 11:20-12:10 p.m.
11:20-12:10 p.m. | Artist Talk: You Can Create Symmetry in the Taylor Meade Performing Arts Center

Gallery Hours | Monday – Friday, 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.