Artwork

X3: Cubic Influence on Western Culture and the Collective Unconscious, 1637-1995 / Chris Craychee

2011
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Identifier

IWC.2011.399

Materials

burned carpet, chain, puzzle, yarn, and light

Artist Statement
In 1637, Pierre de Fermat wrote his 'Last Theorem' in the margin of his copy of Diophantus’ Arithmetica. It stated that (translated from Latin): 'it is impossible to separate a cube into two cubes, or a fourth power into two fourth powers, or in general, any power higher than the second, into two like powers. I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this, which this margin is too narrow to contain.' He did not really have a proof of this, and a fully realized one did not exist until 1995, when British mathematician Andrew Wiles put the last puzzle piece of the 'world’s most difficult math problem' into place. From 1637-1995 Cubic thoughts washed over human industry like waves from the sea of the Collective Unconscious. The 20th century was particularly affected. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque began their avant garde Cubist collaboration in 1907. In 1967 'Action Office II,' invented by Robert Propst, was released by Herman Miller Inc. It is credited as being the first office Cubicle. In 1980, the 'Rubik’s Cube', invented by Erno Rubik in 1974, came to western markets. It is the world’s best selling puzzle and toy. This installation is a representation of the Cubic influence by way of the burned portraiture of these six men.
About the Artist
Chris Craychee has lived in Pittsburgh, PA his entire life, and has been involved in artmaking for longer than he can remember. His first commissioned work came at the age of 9 for a rendering of pro wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. He graduated from Woodland Hills High School and received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Chris has worked in a wide variety of media and has exhibited in a number of local and regional venues. He was a member of the Brew House Association in the South Side from 2000 to 2007, and has made a living as an art handler, working over the years for a number of local galleries and museums. 
March 25 – August 7, 2011
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