"0011 Mobius transformations on the sphere" (2004)

"0011 Mobius transformations on the sphere," 2004
Gelatin-silver print
Image size: 58 3/4 x 47 inches
Frame size: 71 x 60 inches
Edition of 5
Courtesy the artist and The Pace Gallery, New York

"I was very bad in mathematics when I was a high-school student. I found that I was a visual person. I had to confirm everything by eye, not by abstract thinking. Once a mathematical theory got abstract, my eyes couldn’t visualize it. So I just gave up trying to understand perfectly. I could sense with my brain, 'Maybe this functions...,' but I just felt uncomfortable not having confirmed it with my visual understanding. So I became more like a visual artist, not an abstract thinker. Now, I again encounter that my way of understanding mathematics is purely visual." - Hiroshi Sugimoto...

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"I was very bad in mathematics when I was a high-school student. I found that I was a visual person. I had to confirm everything by eye, not by abstract thinking. Once a mathematical theory got abstract, my eyes couldn’t visualize it. So I just gave up trying to understand perfectly. I could sense with my brain, 'Maybe this functions...,' but I just felt uncomfortable not having confirmed it with my visual understanding. So I became more like a visual artist, not an abstract thinker. Now, I again encounter that my way of understanding mathematics is purely visual."

- Hiroshi Sugimoto

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