Saturday, March 18, 2006

5 out of 4 people have a problem with fractions

I was attending an opening for the Imperial Beach Art Guild show held March 4 in Imperial Beach, California and happened to run across an artist there who was wearing a t-shirt that said, “5 out of 4 people have a problem with fractions.

Lets look at it in equation form:

I find it to be a nice math poem with a very curious metaphoric image in it. Five fourths of the population is a party balloon slightly twisting your mind before it blows up in your face. This twist of denotation turning into connotation sets up great tension, then exploding into a joke, as you walk away … some of us savor this kind of nonsense.


BiPolar Guy said...

Great blog. I'm a concrete poet too but concentrate mainly on word manipulation. However I recently did I piece which I thought might qualify as concrete math. It's called 15 ones :

And,yes, you're spot on with Delusions of Grandeur. I'm a regular sufferer.

Kaz Maslanka said...

Thanks BPG!
Your piece reminds me of another one of mine ... The title of the piece is "1+1+1+1+1+1+1 = 1"

and the detail:

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