February 7, 2013
- Mathematics and Technology in Service to Art
- Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
- Location: Leslie F. Malpass Library, Garden Lounge
- Description: University Libraries is pleased to host Iraj Kalantari, Charles Wright, and Fractal Artist Deb Lutz as they present, Mathematics and Technology in Service to Art on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Leslie F. Malpass Garden Lounge.
Dr. Wright will discuss how throughout the history of art, mathematics have inspired and aided artists. The Greek sculpture Polykleitos, as example, devised a theory he called a “Canon of Proportions” based on mathematical calculations to express an ideal of human perfection. During the Renaissance, humanism was promoted in drawings by Vitruvius, and later Leonardo, that combined geometric shapes with the human figure to express the philosophical concept that “man is the measure of all things.” More recently, artists continue to invent and use new mathematical systems to create illusions of space on two-dimensional surfaces. Contemporary artists and designers use computer technology to fabricate forms, and create digital animations in film. This presentation will review some of what has been done in the past, and I will discuss how mathematical concepts have intuitively influenced my own work in sculpture.
Deb Lutz has been creating digital Fractal art since 2005. Using a “fractal generator” called Apophysis, she represents today’s artist, taking advantage of available technological tools and using them to create a relatively new form of art. She states, “Many people who see my fractal art for the first time, have never heard the concept of using math to create something beautiful. They are delighted when they realize that my images represent mathematical equations.” Deb will present how the images are created.
According to Dr. Kalantari, “We express ourselves in the media that we develop. Artists have their favorite media and express what they wish, with existing tools, reaching us in ways we didn't know we could be reached. When technology of the time allows us to provide the artist with new tools, they have new ways of expressing. Every now and then the leap is significant; we are in such a period. I will discuss the role of mathematics and computers in providing new media and new tools.”
This event is part of the Art and Self Perception event series. Please address your questions to the Library Administration Office at (309) 298-2672.
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