One Deck of Cards: Functions

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Auerbach employs basic math functions + - x ÷ to to represent the four suits in Functions. The face cards are platonic solids, and the jokers are ≠ and ∞. In lieu of the traditional red and black, the suits are black on a white background or white on a black background. The deck utilizes a custom font created by Auerbach as well as backside patterns drawn from her 50/50 series. Each suit and its counterpart are opposites… so addition is black on white, while subtraction is white on black. These functions cancel out or counteract each other mathematically as well, so they are inversions in both color and in function. Functions is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whit-ney Museum of American Art.

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One Deck of Cards: Functions

2009
Debossed linen case, graphite centre stock cards, plastic coat
Produced by DZEK.
Edition of 250, Hand numbered by the artist

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7 March
New York