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Bernard Frize

Percy John Heawood Conjecture, 2005

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Double torus cast in Polyurethane, painted in eight synthetic resin colors, the number of colors sufficient for map coloring on
the surface of a double torus is given by
the Heawood conjecture, all eight colors share a common border with each other,
10 5/8 x 6 1/4 x 1 3/4” (24 x 8 x 4 cm),
2,75 lbs (1,25 kg),
production by Kunstgiesserei
Felix Lehner, St. Gall, Switzerland,
Ed. 45/XXV, signed and numbered

The recipe: eight colors, seven borders, and chance under control; for once, salvation is immanent.


“Frize’s paintings deploy colors in their multiplicity of forces; far from any kind of composition, they are machinations of forces—in all senses of the word: the contrivance of a machine, a calculation, crafty plotting, cunning, an event.” Patricia Falguières Parkett No. 74, 2005