## A SPECTRUM OF JEWELS

Posted on: March 21, 2010

Posted in: All, Artist Interviews, Installation, Video

**A Spectrum of Jewels**

**An Installation**

**By Kaz Maslanka**

**March 5 -26th 2010**

* A Spectrum of Jewels* is an installation by San Diego based artist/poet/mathematician

**Kaz Maslanka.**

**A Spectrum Of Jewels** will feature what Maslanka calls a Dodecaorthogonal Space Poem. This type of mathematical poem is constructed with twelve orthogonal space poems arranged contiguously within a Cartesian coordinate system. Orthogonal space poems are always in the form of A equals B multiplied by C. What is different in this new work is that one of the variables in each poem is a fabricated word whose meaning comes from the mathematical operation applied to the other two variables (words). The words were carefully chosen to point to a spectrum inspired by Zen teachings. Thus, the aesthetic value of the piece is derived from visualizing the meaning of all the concepts spread throughout the entire three dimensional space.

The following statements are to help navigate the installation:

The yellow ball is the point of origin for the entire system. The green balls are points in space which represent the meaning of a concept which lies on one of the word axes. A word axis is a one dimensional line drawn between two concepts in space. In a three dimensional space you may have three word axes. The three word axes in this installation are Emptiness/Thinking, Existence/Non-existence and Monasticism/Urbanity. The red balls are points in space to delineate the coordinate pairs for which the orthogonal space poem starts. The poem lies on the planer space that lies between the red ball, the two adjacent green balls and the yellow ball. For a better understanding of visualizing these poems you may want to Google verbogeometry and Orthogonal Space Poem.

The twelve orthogonal space poems are:

Emptiness times Urbanity = Socrastival

Emptiness times Monasticism = Apecksuval

Emptiness times Existence = Doalldoxuval

Emptiness times Non-existence = Nonalldoxuval

Thinking times Urbanity = Selcrasaval

Thinking times Monasticism = Taoodoxuval

Thinking times Existence = Wastconditival

Thinking times Non-existence = Dreemholeval

Existence times Urbanity = Natucrasaval

Existence times Monasticism = Onkeval

Non-existence times Urbanity = Boidasval

Non-existence times Monasticism = Onkeval