Cube 6 + 3
Jiro Takamatsu ( Japanese, 1936 - 1998 )
More than a mental trick, Cube 6 + 3 is a manipulation of presence and absence. Toying with geometry and perspective, red lines make the cube seem simultaneously opaque and transparent. Jirō Takamatsu makes apparent what doesn't exist: the "inside" of the cube. The title refers to the six faces of the cube and three lines that make this optical illusion possible. In a playful way, Takamatsu is asking viewers to disregard what they believe to be true of the solid block, and engage with what they see.
Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 161.