Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What Else is Math Good For?


Check out the work of Sol LeWitt, on display at MassMoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, until 2033--so you've got plenty of time to get there. It is beautiful art, but also mathematical masterpieces.

View this, or this, or this, or this.

About LeWitt's work:
"LeWitt—who stressed the idea behind his work over its execution—is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings. His experiments with the latter commenced in 1968 and were considered radical, in part because this new form of drawing was purposely temporal and often executed not just by LeWitt but also by other artists and students whom he invited to assist him in the installation of his artworks.
Each wall drawing begins as a set of instructions or simple diagram to be followed in executing the work. . . " From About the Artist, MassMoCA. Emphasis added.
If you read his instructions in the piece below (taken from here), you can see how math can be used to create art. 


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