Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mathematical look at art in Seattle I


This spring I visited Seattle for the first time. I got there just in time to see exhibit ART ∩ MATH (Art intersects Math) at  Center on Contemporary Art in Pioneer Square which run from March 1-April 14, 2018. I wrote about this exhibit and posted some pictures here. Before getting there I misread the name of the gallery as Center of Contemporary Art and an image of this center to be something big. Instead it is just one gallery space for exhibits, but this gallery already for 35 years has an important mission - "CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art. " The exhibit showcased artistic works of mathematicians Jayadev Athreya, Katherine Cook, Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine, Edmund Harriss, and Hamid Naderi Yeganeh and visual artists who use mathematical principles in their practices: Rachel Holloway, Claire B. Jones, George Legrady, Jean Mandeberg, Savina Mason, Suchitra Mattai, June Sekiguchi, Timea Tihanyi/Slip Rabbit, Lun-Yi Tsai, Amber Barney-Nivon, and Ilana Zweschi. While the names of mathematicians were familiar, I did not know visual artists making this exhibit even more interesting for me. I met Nichole DeMent, executive director of CoCA who was eager to hear my opinion about the current exhibit which shows creative combination of math and art. I really liked this exhibit, and was lucky to see it on my own in the morning, and then later full of viewers in the evening. I missed the dance performance which was one of the events in connection with the exhibit. When I returned in the evening to the gallery it was full with people. It was first Thursday Art Walk night. I was happy that Nichole DeMent suggested me to come back that night because the whole exhibit had become alive. Artworks displayed created discussions, they were teaching about math and about creativity.

Claire B. Jones Triportal
In the exhibit Claire B. Jones two works were the first I wanted to see because they were explorations of curvature, the same theme I have done so many times. Jones creates her fiber sculptures using machine stitch.

I am used seeing paintings analysed whether a painter had used one, two, or even three point perspective. But to think that it can be done with vintage needlepoint design? Suchitra Mattai did.
Eric Demain and Martin Demain Assymetry
Edmund Harriss Gradient Fields
I had a chance to talk also with curators of the exhibit, and they told me that exhibit from Seattle will travel to Everett, WA, where there will be more space and thus possibility to invite more artists to participate. I received a kind invitations to be one of the artists joining this beautiful exhibit in Everett. Unfortunately, I had to decline because from Seattle I was travelling to Atlanta, without coming to Ithaca to get my works. Hopefully some other time...

In the meantime I am happy to announce that during my visit in Seattle second edition of my book got published and now is available on CRC Press site 


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Reflections - exhibit in MoMath

An invitation to the opening of the new exhibit at National Museum of Mathematics said: 
"MoMath presents Reflections, an exploration of the intriguing geometries of the reflected world. Reflections have fascinated humanity since time immemorial. The nature of the image we see in a mirror, or in a still body of water, can seem paradoxical and mysterious. Through a series of engaging interactive experiences, Reflections explores the intriguing geometries of the reflected world, revealing profound truths about the very nature of space."
I think this reflection is the best characteristics of the exhibit. Not so much TEACH part but LEARN part for sure. 
At the opening people very actively engaged in all exhibits. This is really hands-on exploration of reflections.
This is an attempt to show reflections combined with fractals. 
I would say that most of the exhibit is illustrations of reflections and hands-on activities. If looking for artistic objects, I would say there were very few. 
Reflections is an interesting educational exhibit, fun for families. 



Thursday, February 1, 2018

Second edition is on its way!

No posts last year - I had drafts but never finished, Here is my excuse - second edition of Crocheting Adventures has gone off to press and official release date is February 26. The first printing of the original book was the best quality one. So if you prefer first printings of the books then pre-order. I was told that the first printing is ....Well, let us say small. I hope it will run out fast and there will be more. However, the print shop after just seeing a manuscript already asked for the permission to print a few extra copies for their display library because they said - it is a beautiful book.
Is it different from the 1st edition? Yes and no. The content is updated, many pictures that were left as placeholders and afterwards due to time constraints never replaced now are replaced. The chapter about applications of hyperbolic geometry is expanded, new chapter about my adventures after the first edition was published is added. Appendix now is much larger with pictures to illustrate how to make models, and yes, there are more models - step by step instruction for hyperbolic pair of pants, Klein Quartic, Costa surface, Figure eight knot. This book is celebrating 20 years (I cannot believe this number!) of hyperbolic crochet. I took more pictures with my models in nature, and last picture in the book is at the Ithaca Falls - the picture for the first edition was taken there in January 2008 and that is at the beginning of the book (Contents page). I carried again the same model which is now much larger to the same place in January ten years later when in Ithaca it was so cold that falls were frozen.
The book can be pre-ordered on the publisher's page, on Amazon, on Barnes and Noble.
Please suggest this book to your library to make it available to more people!
And - if you still want to have 1st edition - on Amazon right now it has good discount price.