Existence and Uniqueness by Christopher Hanusa
Existence and Uniqueness is the first solo show by Christopher Hanusa for Gallery 1064. In this body of work, the artist and mathematician focuses on the tension between randomness and deliberation. The art is crafted using mathematical functions injected with random elements, generating unique pieces of art at each iteration of the mathematical code written for that specific concept. The artist selects and curates these random works to capture the aesthetic and the essence that inspired a specific art.
When a mathematician proves a theorem about having exactly one answer to a question of interest, they need to prove both the existence and uniqueness of the solution. Similarly, Christopher Hanusa plays with an experimental process to generate these artworks, that become, thanks to their own existence, proof of concept for the original idea being explored. They are a corporeal and tactile representation of mathematical beauty. By their own nature, they also embody uniqueness and remind us of the beauty and serendipity hidden in a sequence of random events.
Existence and Uniqueness blurs the boundaries between art and math, between the intangible and the corporeal, between impermanence and calculation.