Former Hedge Fund Manager Opening Pop-Up Show Alongside Internationally-Acclaimed Graffiti Artist Retna

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Nelson Saiers will open dual art exhibitions celebrating π in and beyond mathematics on March 14th (Pi Day/Einstein's Birthday). The hedge-fund-manager-turned-artist will have his math-based art displayed alongside American graffiti artist Retna.

“The Original Art Basel” by Nelson Saiers.

"I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." - Sir Isaac Newton

In anticipation of a very special π (Pi) Day, artist, mathematician, and former hedge fund manager, Nelson Saiers, has prepared dual pop-up exhibitions focused on this ubiquitous number. The doors for both will open Saturday, March 14, 2015, or 3.14.15, at 9:26 AM (that is, 3.1415926, or the first eight digits of π) at the Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery, 527 West 23rd Street in Chelsea and Studio Vendome, 330 Spring Street in SoHo to celebrate this unique occurrence in the modern calendar. This exhibition will include an exclusive preview of Saiers' latest work, and the works at Hoerle-Guggenheim will sit alongside those of the acclaimed American graffiti artist Retna.

Saiers uses some of the most profound Pi-related equations and theories, combined with social commentary, history, and literature, to create visually stimulating and thought-provoking works of art. Inspired by Newton’s childlike view of himself, Saiers recalled his earliest discovery of math and created much of this collection with crayon and construction paper. The abstract forms share the beauty of mathematical simplicity, but also take the viewer on a journey to explore the famously irrational number that defines circles and is fundamental to statistics, fractals, thermodynamics, mechanics, and electromagnetism.

Saiers’ childhood, though, was not all crayons and construction paper. He witnessed and survived two wars, so the concept of "peace" is central to this collection. Because Pi defines circles (and, therefore, Braille marks), Saiers continues to use them as symbolic elements to provoke the viewer. While Saiers regularly references mathematical titans, such as Euler and Archimedes, this exhibition also engages in dialogue about non-mathematical luminaries, including Edgar Allen Poe, Lewis Carroll, and Franz Marc.

In 2014, Saiers' debut art show, Blindfolded in Gravity's Shadow, attracted national attention for his bold and symbolic use of Braille, the seamless blending of art, science, and math, and the intellectual depth of the work. Saiers also incorporated his childhood experiences with war and disease across several continents, most notably in Afghanistan and Ethiopia, touching the minds and the hearts of viewers.

About Nelson Saiers: Nelson Saiers is an artist based in New York City. Saiers previously worked in finance, where he managed hedge fund, Saiers Capital. He earned his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Virginia at the age of 23. Saiers lived through 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 http://www.nelsonsaiers.com.

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