click to enlarge Paul Vexler\'s "Thick and Thin" exhibit. - LISA WAANANEN
Lisa Waananen
Paul Vexler\'s "Thick and Thin" exhibit.

On the day before the first home football game at Washington State University, a group of visitors in khaki shorts and tennis shoes wandered through the Compton Union Building on a casual self-guided tour and paused in the gallery space outside the auditorium. “So this must be some sort of a free-form engineering exercise,” one said.

In a way, yes. On display are the wooden sculptural works of Washington artist Paul Vexler, who crafts elegant forms that expose the natural relationship between art and mathematics. Both geometric and free-flowing, the sculptures invite the viewer to look from all angles and inspect the craftsmanship up close. The exhibit runs through Sept. 25, when Vexler is giving a closing lecture about his work, but one of his works will remain permanently: Yellow Knot, which the university purchased this year to hang in the light-filled atrium at the other end of the building.

“Thick and Thin” • Closing lecture from artist Paul Vexler on Wed, Sept. 25 at 6 pm • Compton Union Building Auditorium • 1500 NE Terrell Mall, Pullman • seb.wsu.edu

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Lisa Waananen

Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...