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New Apex Gallery exhibit explores numbers, nature and the geometry of art
Release Date Monday, March 24, 2014
Cutline: Jude Valentine’s “On the Beach,” part of her new exhibit “The Geometrical Foundation of Natural Structure” on display at the Apex Gallery at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

RAPID CITY, S.D. (March 24, 2014) – The Apex Gallery at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will host its new exhibit, “The Geometrical Foundation of Natural Structure,” by Jude Valentine, March 28 through May 2. The artist’s reception will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 28, with a gallery talk at 6 p.m. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Valentine says the genesis for this series of work originated in the book “The Geometrical Foundations of Natural Structure” by architect, mathematician and scientist Robert Edward Williams.

“I was interested in visually exploring in these prints how the numbers one through ten are manifested through nature and embedded in natural forms through symmetry and design. These pieces are inspired by geometric connections between elements – plants, animals, crystals, people and the landscape – as a geometric field that unifies diversity,” said Valentine.

Throughout her 30 prints – three for each number – Valentine highlights different foci of the theme, inviting viewers to consider the idea that geometry underlies matter on a microscopic and macrocosmic level.


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