Richard Kostelanetz
Indivisibles (From Numbers One Portfolio), 1974, Framed/Unframed

This suite of six silkscreened works was produced for Cory Gallery in 1974. The series furthered Richard Kostelanetz’s investigations into language, considering whether poems and stories could be composed of numerals alone. The works take the viewer through a sequence of relations within a numeric ‘world,’ which can be deduced according to a logical system as well as interpreted poetically in their visual harmonies and diffusions. Of the series Kostelanetz writes, “The relationships are all those of simple arithmetic, complexly and I hope artistically understood; it is no exaggeration to say that a five year old could understand them. Nonetheless, I consider this the most rational, most empirical art anyone had ever made, in that even after you have identified relationships acknowledged by everyone, there still remains a mystery.” Indivisibles shows the prime numbers, in the most freeform composition of the suite. Silkscreen prints Edition of 150 Signed and numbered 33 × 25.5 framed 30 × 22 inches unframed
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