Cathy Adelman
Jody Alexander
Brien Beidler
Sarah Bryant
Rebecca Chamlee
Taylor Cox
Coleen Curry
Cathy DeForest
Erik & Martin Demaine
Tim Ely
Anna Embree
Ethan Ensign
Don Etherington
Jennifer Evers
Jodee Fenton
Erin Fletcher
Madelyn Garrett
Jane Gryffith
Karen Hanmer
Rose Harms
Monica Holtsclaw
Deborah Howe
Susan Hulme
Lang Ingalls
Jill Krase
Dorothy Simpson Krause
Monique Lallier
Amy LeePard
Suzanne Moore
Melanie Mowinski
Jeff Nilan
Bonnie Thompson Norman
Jan Owen
Graham Patten
Todd Pattison
Michelle Ray
Sialia Rieke
Steph Rue
Tenille Shuster
Therese Swift-Hahn
Peter Thomas
Colin Urbina

Erik and Martin Demaine
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine are a father-son math-art team who work together in paper, glass, and other material. They use their exploration in sculpture to help visualize and understand unsolved problems in science, and their scientific abilities to inspire new art forms. These sculptures explore the power of folding paper along curved creases. Each paper component is folded by hand from a circle of paper, using a compass to score the creases and cut out a central hole. The paper folds itself into a natural equilibrium form depending on its creases, a process not yet understood mathematically.


Erik and Martin Demaine Erik and Martin Demaine

Donnie Darko

This book sculpture is a modular combination of several interacting pieces of paper, confined within a hand-blown glass vessel. Each piece of paper is folded along concentric circular creases from a sheet of paper printed with overlapping pages from Graham Greene's short story "The Destructors" (1954). The paper folds itself into a natural equilibrium form based on these creases. We place the pieces inside the glass vessel like a ship in a bottle, squeezing each piece to fit inside a small hole on the bottom. We loved the chaos and confusion of the movie "Donnie Darko" (2001), in which the characters are inspired by Graham Greene's (real) short story, whose central tenet is that "destruction after all is a form of creation." This story seemed ideal for our process, which obscures and slices the text into an unreadable "book," effectively upcycling the story into a new sculptural form.
Elephant hide paper and hand-blown glass.
11 x 5 x 4 inches; 28 x 13 x 10 centimeters. Created 2014.