Allina Gallery (across from Lab)

Geometry Theory: Dividing Angles
Paintings by Taha Muhammad

Through Jan 31, 2020

Artist Statement:

At age 75, I started math research and painting landscapes. This series of works, inspired by my research of Trisecting Angles by Compass and Straightedge, is named “Taha’s Geometry Theory: Dividing Angles”

My artwork is informed by my work in mathematics. I accomplished solving seven previously unsolved math problems, including the most difficult one for all mathematicians who left the world and who still live in the world.

My book “Unsolved Math and Arts” includes my seven unsolved math problems and my artworks. I solved the following Unsolved Math Problems in the World:
1- Euler Perfect Box
2- Fermat’s Last Theorem:   (on less than 2 pages)
3- Right Triangle:
4- Cubic Root for real number by Hand
5- Collatz Sequence Conjecture
6- Goldbach Conjecture (No one solved this in the world)
7- Trisecting Angles by Compass and Straightedge (All world’s mathematicians gave up to solve and finally they told “Impossible.”

I sent my discovery under name “Taha’s Geometry Theory” to the London Mathematical Society. It was a revolution in Geometry, and all Geometry books should erase “Impossible” and add my work (Taha’s Geometry Theory). It is now available at Amazon.com.

More about Taha Muhammad

My family and I left Iraq from the injustice of Saddam and from the oppression of Turkey, Iran and Syria. The Kurds tragedy of Dersim in Ottoman Turkey in 1937/1938, the tragedy of Mahabad in Iran, the tragedy of 10,000 Barzani men whom buried alive by dictator Saddam, the tragedy of Halabja city and Anfal 1988 in Iraq, and my family tragedy of killing my oldest son age 12 by Arabization mafia’s of Saddam in 1981 made my family and me to give up of my 23 years of teaching math in Kirkuk and put a plan to escape the occupied Kurdistan of Iraq.

My Oldest Son

On November 9, 1990, I paid $45,000 to a smuggler and he walked my family and I through the mines and explosions at the midnight and around Saddam’s military castle in Kurdistan hoping perhaps that we survive of the injustice of Saddam and get to the land of freedom, America. Our freedom road, unfortunately, entered us to Turkey, and we became hostages at 5:00 a.m. of another kind of dictatorship and discrimination of being Kurds. On November 10, 1990, Turkish soldiers brought us hostages to the boarder of Iraq (near Kurdish village in Turkey name Bigijni) to hand us to Saddam’s mafias soldiers to die; six of us (four sons, my wife, and I). Anyway, after one year of being in jail in Turkey and homeless among mountains and valleys we contacted USA Army Camp in Zakho April 24, 1991.
On September 26, 1991, we arrived to America and this was not a solution because Kurdistan in my heart is suffering under the occupation of the four wolves.  We started in America from scratch and I earned BA and Master degree in math, but the pain on Kurdistan does not remove.
America has opened for us all avenues for success in our lives and we live in dignity despite the conspiracies of some Middle Eastern countries to make the lives of refugees in America and Europe difficult. The failure will be inflicted on those countries that created chaos in the world, and they are planning day and night how they continue to occupy Kurdistan. I taught math at High Schools in USA for ten years, I was US Civilian Army for two years, and I was a linguist with US military for five years at Iraq war 2003-2010. Despite these conspiracies carried out by dictatorships in the Middle East, our lives in America are calm, and full of faith to God, America, Kurdistan, and humanity and science for the satisfaction of God and people.

Allina Whole Person Gallery (downstairs)

Tranquility
Felted wall hangings by Jean Manrique

Through Feb 28, 2020

Artist Statement:

The simplicity and gentleness of sheep’s wool in its natural color is a soothing and clean contrast to the bright colors of wool roving that I often use to make felt.  I was inspired to create a series of felted wall hangings using only naturally colored wool embellished with the subtle tones of other fibers, materials and plant dyes found in nature.

Each piece uses these embellishments and surface design elements rather than bright colors to add form and interest. Although I suspect I’ll always be drawn to color in my work, working on these pieces brought me a sense of purity and peace while simultaneously giving me an opportunity to rely on textures and shapes within a limited range of natural colors.

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