London Tsai

aluminum and plywood
27 x 27 x 22 in

First conceived as the graph of a cubic equation in three variables known as a "monkey saddle" (every monkey needs a place for his tail!), this work took on additional meaning when it was made. The three fold symmetry is quite fundamental. I discuss the mathematical notion of symmetry in my lecture notes for my math and art course at the University of Miami.

Although the graph of this function extends infinitely, we focus our attention near the origin and crop out the rest; in doing so, we create an interesting suggestive visual display. The effect of this upon the viewer is similar to the effect of Duchamp's typewriter.