Week 2/ Hokusai/ Patrick Morales

On my search for more wave art after being inspired by Reuben Margolin’s wave installations I stumbled upon Katsushika Hokusai’s most famous woodblock print.  The Great Wave off Kanagawa represents the rage and chaos of an ocean storm in a contained and clean depiction.  I learned that Hokusai used various mathematical elements to create the print.  The waves are based on circles and Mount Fuji is based on a triangle.  The threatening fingers of the wave are fractal-like.  Even the general shape of the wave is somewhat reminiscent of the Fibonacci spiral.   The print is an excellent example of how a moment dominated by motion is captured in still art.  The whole subject of math being utilized in art fascinates me because it makes one ask the question: is one appreciating art or math?  It is completely plausible for one to answer that we are enjoying both at the same time.

Fibonacci Spiral

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai

Last year in AP Art, while studying vanishing points, I attempted to create a picture with infinitely many vanishing points.  What I ended up with was frustration and a mad art teacher who had told me I was wasting my time from the beginning.  Thanks to my juvenile but hilarious endeavor I now understand that perspective is very complex, the picture of FIVE vanishing points still rattles my brain.  I began studying illusions created by perspective and vanishing points.  I think a study of  perspective can quickly transform itself into an interest in the different dimensions of reality.  The video about 10 dimensions that was shown in class was based on a linear perspective of infinity and time, it being the only perspective that humans know.

Vanishing Points

Paper Dragon Illusion

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