[artinfo] Fwd: Beata Szechy: Tangram

Andrea Szekeres asz@c3.hu
Mon, 10 Dec 2001 15:14:18 +0100

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>Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001 09:23:05 -0600 (CST)
>From: Beata Szechy <bszechy@post.cis.smu.edu>
>To: info@c3.hu
>Subject: kiallitas
>Installation by Beata Szechy
>Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas
>February 8, 2002
>The Ancient Chinese Puzzle
>         The seven pieces of the Tangram are formed from a square.  The
>seventh number brings luck.  The idea is to use the pieces to construct
>certain figures.  The game consists of seven pieces, formed by cutting a
>square in a certain way, with which you can copy the examples given in
>the book.  All the seven pieces must be used for each figure.
>         The Tangram game is older then 1000-years.  The problems are
>always accompanied by an explanatory Chinese ideogram which even in the
>case of most abstract pictures, such as the square, has a specific
>meaning.  In the European addition the Tangram has alphabet and Arabic
>Convex Tangrams
>         Interesting of the Tangram is its convexity.  A figure is called
>convex when every point on a line joining any two points on the figure
>lies within the figure.  The Tangram can be divided into sixteen equal
>isosceles right-angled triangles.  The two short side of the triangles
>the rational sides and the long side the irrational side.  When the 16
>basic triangles are combined into a convex polygon, nowhere does the
>rational side lie against an irrational side, therefore when 16 basic
>triangles are combined into a convex polygon the sides of the polygon are
>constructed out of sides of triangles of same kind.  If the polygon
>constructed out of rational sides of triangles the rational sides, then
>two consecutive sides are either both rational or both irrational when
>the angle between them is a right-angle, and of different kinds when this
>angle is 45 degrees (acute) or 135 (obtuse).  Supposing such a polygon
>has n  angles, p  of these being acute, q  right-angled and r  obtuse, then
>p + q +r =n
>Grid Tangrams
>         A grid Tangram is a Tangram in which every vertex of each of the
>7 pieces coincides with points of the grid.
>Divisible Tangrams
>         A divisible Tangram is created when two identical "half" Tangrams
>are put together.  Identical half Tangrams can be combined in numerous
>ways, there are several thousand divisible connected grid Tangrams.
>         Beata Szechy's installation of Tangrams are monoprints.  Beata
>Szechy is a Hungarian artist and MLA graduate from Southern Methodist
>University, Dallas and Fine Arts University of Budapest.  She has been
>making installations since 1992.  She lives in Hungary and the US since 1987.