Sunday, April 10, 2016

Math + Art

In this week’s lesson, lecture and readings I have gained many new insights into the ways that math influences art and science. I knew that these three were interconnected but I had no idea just how many different types of art they could result in. Nathan Selikoff’s “Beautiful Chaos” is an example of the unique ways that math and art combine to create something truly amazing. His app allows for 3D interaction through a device to a computer to create art as seen in the video clip above. Sonia Sheridan provides an example of science and art intermixing in her images of scientific nature, such as the shape of time. 
(Sonia Sheridan's example of the shape of time)

Lastly, Columbia University points out the ways computers allow us to create an entire
 new realm of sounds in music. In Kevin Box and Robert J. Lang’s art piece “Migrating Peace”, it is easy to see the intricate mathematical patterns involved in creating origami. When just looking at the beautiful doves it can be easy to forget about the complex patterns that go into the making of this art piece.
(Kevin Box and Robert Lang's origami art "Migrating Peace")

How each individual views a piece of art can also be incredibly unique to his/her perspective. Edwin Abbott shows us an alternate universe based on different perspectives in his essay “Flatland”. Depending on whether or not someone grew up and chose the math or science path over the artistic one, or vice versa, can make a dramatic difference on their view of art and the combination of the three areas of study.

Works Cited
Abbott, Edwin Abbott. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1963. Print. 
"The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art." Choice Reviews Online 51.02 (2013): n. pag. Web. 
"Music and Computers." Music and Computers. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2016. 
"Robert J. Lang Origami." Robert J. Lang Origami. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2016. 
"Sonia Landy Sheridan - Home Page." Sonia Landy Sheridan - Home Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

1 comment:

  1. I love how you included the video in your blog to show us how the app works, and it truly is amazing how the movement from a hand can create such amazing 3D images. I have never seen anything like that before. The origami art piece that you featured in your blog truly illustrates how complex origami really is, but sometimes it is difficult to see that without deconstructing it to show all the folds that went into making the work of art. Abbott draws an interesting point in saying that depending on which route you took, either art, science or math, your perspective can completely change in terms of how you view something. I notice this often with people who are artists and can stare at paintings for so long, analyzing everything. I could never look at an art piece for more than a couple minutes, exemplifying how everyones perspective really is different.