MathThematic Opens at Esther Klein Gallery as Part of DesignPhiladelphia Festival

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MathThematic, a new exhibit combining geometry, fractals, patterns and other mathematical principles with visual art, will open at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) on October 7, 2015 and run through November 20th.

MathThematic, a new exhibit combining geometry, fractals, patterns and other mathematical principles with visual art, will open at the University City Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) on October 7, 2015 and run through November 20th. An opening reception will be held at EKG, which is located at 3600 Market Street in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, October 14th from 5:00-7:30 pm. MathThematic is part of the annual city-wide DesignPhiladelphia festival which runs from October 8 – 16.

Two-dimensional paintings and drawings with intricate fractals and kaleidoscopic geometries will be on display alongside a variety of three-dimensional, video and interactive works. Other pieces include long algae-inspired crocheted hyperbolic curves, interactive designs where viewers can customize fractal performance with the touch of a finger, and geometric paper sculptures using the system of scientific kirigami, a type of origami using cut paper.

Curated by Gaby Heit, participating artists include Justin Bean, Regina Ceribelli, William Cromar, Jessica Curtaz, Chris Eben, Robert Fathauer, Karen Freedman, S. Leser, Marco Mahler, Henry Segerman, Gabriele Meyer, Maximilian Morresi, Brittany Phillips, Bruce Pollock, Mike Tanis and Andrew Cameron Zahn.

This is the second EKG exhibition curated by Gaby Heit. The first exhibit was the 2013 Cellular/Molecular show as part of the 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival. Heit is an art and photo director, graphic designer and typophile with a master’s degree from Pratt Institute. With many years of experience in print publishing, she has led the creative direction, rebranding and design for magazines covering fashion, travel, women’s services, business, fine art and design. Also a three-time gallery director and independent curator, Heit has represented several artists from Philadelphia and New York, and has produced several exhibitions that blend fine art and conceptual design. Most recently, she has joined the marketing department of the Philadelphia Film Society. Heit also teaches History of Design at Rutgers University and serves on the Board of AIGA Philadelphia.

About the Science Center
The University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and technology development in the Greater Philadelphia region. Since it was founded in 1963, graduate organizations and current residents of the University City Science Center’s Port business incubators have created more than 15,000 jobs that remain in the Greater Philadelphia region today and contribute more than $9 billion to the regional economy annually. The Science Center has a history as the oldest and largest urban research park in the U.S. However, after 50+ years of operations, we are in the midst of a dramatic change that will further impact Greater Philadelphia’s role in the innovation ecosystem. We have joined forces with Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, to expand our footprint, and in September 2015, we announced a new brand for our campus: uCity Square - a true mixed-use community comprised of office and lab space for companies of all sizes as well as residential and retail. Together with Wexford, we’re creating a community of ingenuity where bright minds will flourish and thrive. Visit http://www.ucscreview.org to learn more.

About the Esther Klein Gallery
The Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), which opened in 1976, uses the creative arts as a platform to explore relationships between art, science and technology. EKG seeks to positively impact the cultural life of both its immediate neighborhood of West Philadelphia and the broader Philadelphia community. EKG programming is designed to explore the range of art, science and technology exhibitions and includes gallery talks, panel discussions, and education programs. For more information, visit http://www.EstherKleinGallery.tumblr.com

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