Cube 6 + 3


Jiro Takamatsu ( Japanese, 1936 - 1998 )

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General Description

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.

Excerpt from

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.