Printed elephant hide paper and hand-blown glass, 12 x 6 x 4 inches, unique. $3000 (contact gallery)
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, we printed the latter title and the quote “curiouser and curiouser” in repeating patterns on paper, folded along concentric circular creases, and inserted into hand-blown glass sculpture, placing the pieces literally through a looking glass. This work is an exploration in combining two mediums, paper and glass, and two fields, art and science, in our quest to understand curved-crease origami.
Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine are a father-son math-art team. Martin started the first private hot glass studio in Canada and has been called the father of Canadian glass. Since 2005, Martin Demaine has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Erik is also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a Professor in computer science. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003. In these capacities, Erik and Martin work together in paper, glass, and other material. They use their exploration in sculpture to help visualize and understand unsolved problems in science, and their scientific abilities to inspire new art forms. Their artistic work includes curved origami sculptures in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and the Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian. Their scientific work includes over 60 published joint papers, including several about combining mathematics and art. They recently won a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013) for exploring folding of other materials, such as hot glass.