Cris Gianakos in Paths: Charting, Navigating and Bridging, Simons Center, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Cris Gianakos in Paths: Charting, Navigating and Bridging, Simons Center, Stony Brook, NY

Cris Gianakos, Maroussi Ramp, 1995
Welded Steel, Concrete and Paint
140′ x 4’7″ x 9’2″
The Emfietzglou Collection
Athens, Greece

May 6 – June 28, 2013

Paths are trails, tracks, ways, lanes, conduits and more. Paths can follow the topography of the landscape or literally cut through it. How paths are crossed or navigated help to determine an understanding of their character, trajectory and mission. Swiss mathematician and physicist Euler, in 1735, posed the conundrum of how to cross all seven bridges of Konigsberg without re-crossing any one; this puzzle established the foundation of topology. With the advent of electronic territories, topology, not topography, has played an important role in organizing data into digital maps that chart cyberspace. More recently electronic global mapping techniques employ topology to organize data into digital fluid charts that represent a cyber landscape. In view of globalization, worldwide web and the Internet, physical borders have collapsed. Consequently, contemporary artists have been drawn to re-present data, whether it be geographic, actual or virtual, by presenting alternative approaches to mapping. Examples of such include anything from the earth’s landscape, to the DNA sequence of a genome project, to charting the global use of cell phones. This exhibition brings together a selection of artists who investigate and reveal the characteristics of charting, navigating, and bridging alternative routes to understand space.

Artists include: Tim Robinson, Pat Collins, Jan Estep, Edward Batcheller, Scott Sherk, Paul Fabozzi, Michelle Stuart, Cris Gianakos, Michael Benson, Eve Andrea Laramee, Brian Evans, W. Brad Paley, Jeni Wightman

Lecture by Mathematician William Goldbloom Bloch Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 5:30pm
Closing Reception:  Tuesday June 11th, 2013 at 5:00pm featuring a lecture by W. Brad Paley