Week 2-Mathematics,Perspective,Time,Space-Gindy Nagabayashi

This week’s topic was enlightening for me as I was reminded that math and art go hand in hand. After perusing through the featured links, the one the captured my attention was “Pollock’s Fractals”. Jackson Pollock’s famous drip paint artwork captivated many due to the fractal dimensions that closely resemble those found in nature. Pollock’s work may appear simple but in fact his artwork was so successful because of the subtle complexity.

The article mentions Pollock’s last drip painting “Blue Poles”. This painting reminds me of the shadow of a forest. The meshing of the many colors are striking and appear as though they are dancing of the wall. I found fractals especially interesting because of the optical illusion that the images play on mind, and best treat was the article tying together the idea of fractals with the artwork of Pollock. http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2007/11/30/BluePoles_wideweb__470×236,0.jpg

On another note, this week’s topic reminded me of the art of Julian Beever, an artist whose medium is the pavement. He uses perspective to create three dimensional pavement drawings. Beever’s artwork must be viewed at specific angles. Perspective is critical for his drawings to be so realistic.


If viewed from the wrong angle, the image looks distorted.



Overall I thoroughly enjoyed “Mathematics, Perspective, Time, and Space”. Initially was not looking forward to the topics because the idea of mathematics in art did not seem to connect. Art and mathematics are completely complementary.

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