Jasper's 72 Triangles by Thomas Parker Williams

Jasper's 72 Triangles is an artist book inspired by the recent Number reliefs by Jasper Johns. Starting with the concept of a single number in a discrete area, in this case a double-sided triangle, and then connecting 36 double-sided triangles together, the artist book becomes dynamic by folding into many different configurations of triangles for display. The work uses only the numbers of 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 0. Adding the displayed numbers together  results in a sum that is a multiple of 12 or 36 or 72 in many of the possible triangle  combinations. A folding diagram is provided as an aid to returning the book to its correct folded state to fit  into its Mylar case. Williams tells us, "My reproductions of Jasper's  images were created using reduction linocuts and metallic pigments. I have seen his work in person and used photographs to get a sense of the colors. The panels were printed 12 on a sheet and then cut apart for paste up."

Artist Bio

Thomas Parker Williams lives and works in Philadelphia. His primary areas of work include hand-made artist book editions, painting, and printmaking. Some of his artist book editions contain an audio element – music or sound work –composed, performed, and recorded by the artist. Tom’s paintings, prints, and artist books have been exhibited in Philadelphia, New York, and throughout the country, and are in numerous private and public collections, including the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University; Special Collections Department, Temple University Libraries and The Athenaeum of Philadelphia.