George Widener: Time Lapse

George Widener, Cipher 1962, 2013, mixed media on paper, 28 1/4 x 48 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ricco/Maresca.
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Opens: 05/29/14, Closes: 07/05/14
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George Widener uses dates, mathematics, and landscape-based compositions to explore the way that we relate to numbers and the ways that numbers can be related to one another. Widener is a self-taught artist and a savant obsessed with calendars and numbers, as well as architectural space and has said that he wants to create “artwork for future intelligent machines.” Drawing in pen on napkins, Widener tracks coincidence, noting the ways that days shift, that numbers repeat, or that events share significant coincidences — both personally and socially. It’s as much governed by these outside factors of date and place as they are by his artistic concerns, yielding images that are idiosyncratic but also formally familiar. Through July 5.

George Widener, Cipher 1962, 2013, mixed media on paper, 28 1/4 x 48 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ricco/Maresca.