The connection between mathematics and art goes back thousands of years. Mathematics has been used in the design of Gothic cathedrals, Rose windows, oriental rugs, mosaics and tilings. Geometric forms were fundamental to the cubists and many abstract expressionists, and award-winning sculptors have used topology as the basis for their pieces. Dutch artist M.C. Escher represented infinity, Möbius bands, tessellations, deformations, reflections, Platonic solids, spirals, symmetry, and the hyperbolic plane in his works.
Mathematicians and artists continue to create stunning works in all media and to explore the visualization of mathematics--origami, computer-generated landscapes, tesselations, fractals, anamorphic art, and more.
"You and me, and an army of monkeys," by Samuel Verbiese (Artist, Overijse, Belgium)
Computer image printout glued on cartonboard panel (vZome program by Scott Vorthmann), 17x12 inches (A3, 420x297 mm), 2009 (2005 for the concept of the Golden Pyramid, shown at Bridges London). My 'Golden Pyramid' is a truss that can project (when viewed from underneath, at a precise, quite near point, orthogonally to the back golden triangular face) into the K5 graph (pentagram inscribed in a pentagon) with remarkable proportions (two equilateral and two golden triangles on a golden rectangular base featuring its two diagonals). The spacecraft looking model shown has its struts built here, kind of fractally, from 463 overlapping tiny golden pyramids (that can be 3D-copied). Thanks to a most welcome serendipity, the chosen view angle gives the attentive viewer the needed substance to the title of this ludical work: on the almost vertical strut in the center of the image where it crosses two other struts, two bearded 'wise' men appear -sorry for the ladies : the serendipity unfortunately didn't help them here ! - and on the remaining part of that strut, a series of monkey faces... "Besides expressionistic painting and sculpting of the figure and portrait, I am recurrently drawn into geometric projects, probably by previous life." --- Samuel Verbiese (Artist, Overijse, Belgium)