Happy Holidays

Each December the department stores in NYC create elaborate window displays to celebrate the season. This year, the window at Barney’s on Madison Avenue include Mathematical art. “The Snow Spirits” is a collection of kinetic sculptures by Anthony Howe that creates an eye catching display. The sculptures are based on circular rings that serve as the axis of rotation for rows of spinning, graduated circles. Because the axis is round, the circles fly into the center, and then fly outward again. These shining sculptures are one of the best expressions of snow flakes I have ever seen.

On a different, but also Mart-Art-related note, I like the use of repetitive images. Over the past year I have created a series of over 100 ceramic Santas.

Fibonacci Growth 2000 - Susan Happersett
Happy New Year – and let’s all look for more Math Art in 2015!

Susan Happersett

“Bright Matter” at the Muriel Guepin Gallery

“Bright Matter” at the Muriel Guepin Gallery is an exhibition highlighting the work of five artists using new technology, whose artistic practice address the spacial aesthetics produced through technology. Curated by participating artist Joanie Lemercier, the show features an exciting  selection of interesting geometric patterns created using machines.

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A series of prints by Francois Wunschel immediately caught my eye. “Rotation X”is  a series of lenticular prints that have been made using special magnifying lenses that change the magnification based on the angle from which an image is viewed. This creates the illusion of depth in a 2-D image. This technology has been around for a long time but it has just recently been improved so the results are much more 3-D. Standing directly in front of the prints you are looking at the 2-D line drawing of a cube but as you move the cube cube seems to rotates in space creating cylinders.

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Another set of prints was designed by Lab[au] titled “Origam-Form Studies”, created on a 3-D printer. These prints are grids composed of small square tiles. The individual tiles are either flat or have the illusion of having one, two ,or three corners folded over. Using these basic simple tile elements, complex patterns develop within the grids. It seems to me the artist is mimicking the processes of computers. Built on simple, binary operations computer operations can grow to become extremely complicated and powerful.

The Muriel Guepin gallery is dedicated to exhibiting the work of artists that use the newest technology. I look forward to see future shows.

All pictures courtesy of the gallery and the artists.

Susan Happersett

Judith Lauand at Driscoll/Babcock Galley

Judith Lauand is referred to as “Dama do concretismo” or “The First Lady of Concretism”. She is an important figure in 20th century Brazilian Art. Concretism (called “Arte Concreta” in Brazil) is an international post WWII artistic Movement that included the use of a networks of mathematical geometry to build precise abstract systems of pattern.

The exhibition at Driscoll/Babcock is Lauand’s first solo show in NYC. Dr Aliza Edelman has curated “Judith Lauand: Brazilian Modernism 1950s-2000s”. This collection of paintings and drawings demonstrates Lauands significant geometric vocabulary. Her paintings feature bright flat hard edge figures.

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Concerto 66 – 1957

“Concerto 66” is a circular panel with four lightening bolt shapes radiating from the center, creating a four fold rotation symmetry.

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Concerto 178

“Concerto 178” is tempera on canvas and is more of a line drawing. Two rhombi are surrounded by a host of triangles building a tiling type of pattern with 2 fold rotational symmetry.

Lauand’s work is a great example of the emphasis on mathematics in important  post-war abstract artistic practices.

Susan Happersett