Sunday, 18 May 2008

Mathematics and Art (Part 3)

Myself and Ollie had an art lesson with Justin on Friday. The theme was Value, and how we could represent this using only discrete lines.

In seeps Mathematics. As we discuss iterations and binary, series and value I recognise the truth in the statement that "the ability to cooperate mathematically is an aspect of human functioning which is as universal as language itself". The value studies above represent a four-stage discrete approximation of the continuous scale from darkness to lightness.

And here is the rest of it. The lesson was followed by a day trip to the V&A museum in Kensington. We applied some of the ideas that we had practised on some human form. Discussions on representation were had and conclusions crystallised: if what we were doing was an imperfect approximation of the real thing anyway, why not take license?

Which brings me finally to my point. If looked at closely a number of geometric forms can be discerned within the picture to the left. This is of course license taken by me but taken consciously. Are these forms not there to be seen if one sets oneself to attend to them? Even if they are formed primarily by negative space is it not still that they are there?

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