Brenna Youngblood - M.I.A. 2011
In The Mathematics of Individual Achievement, Youngblood takes her old elementary school math book as a point of departure. Intrigued by the visual composition of each page - her penciled problem solving marks and residue of erasers - Youngblood takes both the visual and material language of the math book to create a series of sculptures that take the form of familiar arithmetic symbols and equations. These works create an infrastructure for the exhibition that Youngblood playfully uses to speak about the human attempt to rationalize, solve, and reach concrete solutions; a self-reflexive process that she herself engages in through this show.