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
http://cornelius1.com/blog/uploads/800px-Fibonacci_spiral.svg.png

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0a/The_Great_Wave_off_Kanagawa.jpg

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
http://www.3d-digital-graphic-art.com/page-multiple-vanishing-points1-tutorial.html

Paper Dragon Illusion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIZcl8q0u4Q

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