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MathThematic: a fine art exhibition
Esther Klein Gallery, 3600 Market Street, Philadelphia

MathThematic: a fine art exhibition features artists of all media in an exhibition demonstrating mathematic evidence in art, whether the works are directly inspired by math (geometry, fractals, patterns, etc.) or if the mathematical principles emerge naturally and reveal themselves from our human predisposition towards order.

The exhibition is at the Esther Klein Gallery at Philadelphia’s University City Science Center, 3600 Market Street, October 7–November 20, and was part of the annual city-wide DesignPhiladelphia festival (October 8–16). Gallery hours are Monday–Saturday, 9am–5pm, and by appointment by contacting 646-229-3353 or

Among 2-dimensional paintings and drawings that display intricate fractals and kaleidoscopic geometries, a variety of 3-dimensional, video and interactive works will be on display. Showcasing mathematics as much as the medium, some of the works on view include a long algae-like crocheted piece of hyperbolic curves, interactive design where the viewer can customize fractal performance with the touch of a finger, and unique geometric paper sculptures using the system of scientific kirigami.

Participating artists include: Justin Bean, Regina Ceribelli, William Cromar, Jessica Curtaz, Chris Eben, Robert Fathauer, Karen Freedman, Diane Lachman, S. Leser, Marco Mahler and Henry Segerman, Gabriele Meyer, Maximilian Morresi, Brittany Phillips, Bruce Pollock, Mike Tanis, Andrew Cameron Zahn

This is the second exhibition curated by Gaby Heit at the Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery investigating natural design. The first one was Cellular/Molecular for the 2013 Philadelphia Science Festival.

About the curator: Gaby Heit is an art/photo director, graphic designer and typophile with a master’s degree from Pratt Institute. With many years of experience in print publishing, she has led the creative direction, rebranding and design for magazines covering fashion, travel, women’s services, business, fine art and design. Also a three-time gallery director and independent curator, Gaby has represented several artists from Philadelphia and New York, and has produced many exhibitions that specifically blend fine art and conceptual design. Most recently, she has joined the marketing department of the Philadelphia Film Society, teaches History of Design at Rutgers University and serves on the Board of AIGA Philadelphia.

About the gallery: The Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), which opened at the Science Center in 1976, uses the creative arts as a platform to explore relationships between art, science and technology. EKG seeks to positively impact the cultural life of both its immediate neighborhood of West Philadelphia and the broader Philadelphia community. EKG programming is designed to explore the range of art, science and technology exhibitions and includes gallery talks, panel discussions, and education programs.

See photos from the exhibition!

Press Acquired: Philly Voice, University CIty Review, Geekadelphia, WHYY Newsworks, Philly Egotist, UPenn Almanac, uwishunu.

For more information, contact Gaby Heit at 646-229-3353 or