Thomas Parker Williams – Jasper’s 72 Triangles


7.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches. Opens to 22 x 25.5, © 2011 edition of 40


Jasper’s 72 Triangles is an artist book inspired by the recent ‘Number’ reliefs by Jasper Johns.

Starting with the concept of a single number in a discrete area, in this case a double-sided triangle, and then connecting 36 double-sided triangles together, the book-painting becomes dynamic by folding into many different configurations of triangles for display.

The work uses only the numbers of 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 0. Adding the displayed numbers together results in a sum that is a multiple of 12 or 36 or 72 in many of the possible triangle combinations.

A folding diagram is provided as an aid to returning the book to its correct folded state to fit into its Mylar case.

Thomas Parker Williams lives and works in Philadelphia.  His primary areas   of work include hand-made artist book editions, printmaking and painting,.  Some of his artist book editions contain an audio element – music or sound work – composed, performed, and recorded by the artist. Tom’s artists’ books, paintings and prints have been exhibited in Philadelphia, New York, and throughout the country, and are in numerous private and public collections.

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Thomas Parker Williams – Jasper’s 72 Triangles

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