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Home > Robert Straight: Toroids and Plaids
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"P-378" Acrylic on canvas

The toroids, or spinning forms in the painting, have spokes which are based on prime numbers. These are overlayed with a grid which also uses a number sequence in establishing the color. In this painting I'm exploring dichotomous space relationships; flat space as opposed to deep space.

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American Mathematical Society