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Mathematical Artists: The Hidden Art Community

When I officially become a student pursuing a dual degree in Mathematics and Graphic Design, my first few years became a quest for finding out how to combine the two. At the time I was feeling excited, and, at the same time, nervous that I may be the only person in my college and my fields aiming for such a degree. I was proved wrong when my recitation teacher from one of my math classes said that he was an art student turned math major; he also mentioned how mathematics helped him improve his sculptural pieces. He was not the only mathematician/artist that I met. My internship in ‘Mathematical Art and 3D Printing’, which gave me my first hands-on experience in combining mathematics and art, also, after one and a half years led me to finding a vast community of mathematical artists in my institution and at the largest mathematics conference in the world. Below are some of the amazing works portraying mathematical concepts by the artists mentioned below that I witnessed at that conference, including ‘3D Printed Tours’ (contours, that is) and amazing mathematical origami :

  1. Robert Bosch:

2. David Honda:

To see more works by other mathematical artists and for more information on Bosch and Honda as well, visit the Joint Mathematics Meeting Mathematical Art Exhibition page.   Seeing the different mathematical artworks made me look forward to the future of math/art fusion in the long run.

3 Comments

  1. zpalmer2 wrote:

    Art has major ties with math and science that are often ignored. In many ways you can’t have one without the other. A close friend of mine is an artist who works heavily with 3d printing, engineering, and design while still being an artist… check out his website http://evan-kuester.squarespace.com

    Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 4:48 pm | Permalink
  2. kkeyserp wrote:

    I don’t know anything about math or mathematicians but I love the adult coloring book trend that’s going on and I have a coloring book that is made up entirely of visual representations of math equations. I have no idea what those equations are but they’re beautiful and very relaxing to color.

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 8:39 am | Permalink
  3. rmoore25 wrote:

    I think anyone who honestly believes that art has no correlation to math is just kidding themselves. Geometry is very important in figuring out proportions, whether in a painting or a sculpture.

    Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 8:33 pm | Permalink