Thursday, April 29, 2010

Van Graph

found on the net

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Professor

The link above is Oregon poet Shiandel Beers interview with the translator.  We are studying imaginary numbers.  I also ran into this imaginary number in the book 'The Professor and the House Keeper".  The professor wrote down e to the power of pie times i + 1 = 0.  e stands for Eurler's constant.  The Professor speaks about looking into 'God's Notebook'.  The professor specializes in prime numbers.  He talks about twin primes.  One of the problem he gave to the boy is to add from the number 1 to number 10.  This adds up 55.  Then he has a formula for this with out having to add every number.  You can do this for 1 to 100.  The formula:  
The Professor mentions an amicable number.  The first few amicable pairs are: (220, 284)  Amicable numbers are two different numbers so related that the sum of the proper divisors of each is equal to the other. (A proper divisor of a number is a positive integer divisor other than the number itself.  10x10+1divided by 2 = 55;  100x101/2= 5050; 1000 x 1001 divided by 2 =  500500.  The formula is n x n+1 divided by 2.

update:  6.2.10  found the person who discovered the number series that was illustrated in the book 'The Housekeeper and the Professor'.
Another famous story has it that in primary school his teacher, J.G. B├╝ttner, tried to occupy pupils by making them add a list of integers in arithmetic progression; as the story is most often told, these were the numbers from 1 to 100. The young Gauss reputedly produced the correct answer within seconds, to the astonishment of his teacher and his assistant Martin Bartels.
Gauss's presumed method was to realize that pairwise addition of terms from opposite ends of the list yielded identical intermediate sums: 1 + 100 = 101, 2 + 99 = 101, 3 + 98 = 101, and so on, for a total sum of 50 × 101 = 5050. However, the details of the story are at best uncertain (see [6] for discussion of the original Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen source and the changes in other versions); some authors, such as Joseph Rotman in his book A first course in Abstract Algebra, question whether it ever happened. - wikipeia.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

D.E. Mays

Here's another artist that uses math some times:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I found this image on the web. The color is so lovely.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fashion Monthly

It's fun documenting some of my clothes. I started doing this because I've missed the pair of jean that was thrown away, a Banana Republic t-shirt, and the Ruff-Hewn plaid shirt that mysteriously went missing. there was a shop on University street in Eugene call 'Tiger in the Rain'. The proprietor would play that 'Tiger in the Rain' song by Michael Franks almost on a loop. I bought a pair of plaid shorts there that was made in India. It was a simple pair of boxer and the most expensive boxer I had own. Sadly, the shop closed the following year.
Hm...some good title might be 'Out of the Closet'?


Because I'm taking math this term and also graphic design class, I wanted to post some stuff about Mathematician who are also artist / designers:

Simon Page: Mathematician / Graphic designer. I can see clearly how Simon uses math in his design. With Michael's work, not so much. Maybe it's because Michael is using higher math.
How does your math background influence your designs?

I think maths has  inspired me hugely and influenced more geometric designs than I probably would of created otherwise. I also think a lot of artists, like myself, subliminally
use mathematics in their creations - such as the golden ratio for creating eye
candy layout designs.  I find it very satisfying getting mathematically
correct proportions when designing something like a logo, for example. But for
me the main connection between math and design is pure and simple, it’s
geometry. The golden ratio is probably one of the most popular examples of math
and design coming together but look back at the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, for
instance, he used mathematics all the time in his art. I also believe some of
the best designers work with math, in a number of aspects, even though they
probably do it completely subconsciously.
for the rest of the interview is here.

Michael Schultheis is an artist represented by Portland gallery Aguen:

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Target Jasper Johns

I did a re interpretation of Jasper Johns's 'Target' in Adobe Illustrator. Possible re interpretation may include Frank Stella. Some flash ideas involving three letters: d u c.

update: looking at this now, I want to change the square box that holds the target into a rectangular shape.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010


This is one of my old paintings done on mylar.
Just got back from class ART119 and was asked to submit a blog for a class. So here it is! This blog is dusted off the shelf and revived.
Some notes from Flash: f6 creates frame, shift f5 deletes frame, f5 extends frame, right click on time line. 12 fps is the standar, command shift 3 or 4 is screen capture.
import music to library, sync to stream in properties. When file is published, it becomes .swf.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Art 100

Tonight I went to see two different works. Jame Lavadour and JuliaMangold. The galleries, PDX Contemporary and Elizabeth Leach, were next to each other. Their works are different and also similar. Lavadour's abstract landscapes seems like a shamanic vision after a strong peyote trip. The vast spaces created with a subtle mix of bright color that are layered with pure neon unmixed colors and lines. The toxic color seems to have flatten the space and yet adds depth because of the layering. Some of the pieces are explosions from a volcano against the misty haze of distant land. There are sharp depth of field and jagged mountains. The shapes seems to come purer in it's abstraction where as a realistic or photographic depiction of the landscape would have organically rounded off the geometries. Despite the strong tone, the whole body of work seems to stay with a certain strong palette. A comparison could be made to Cezanne's cubist rendering of the landscape, reducing the mountain mass into flatten shapes. Cezanne's landscapes are more cubic then Lavadors. If Julia Mangold painted a landscape, it would be more a keen to Cezanne then Lavadour.

Then there is the austere work of Julia Mangold. She stays with in a certain tone yet still manage to produce an illusion of space. Her palette is black against the gallery's white wall. Her work contains a certain purity and religious tones. Her vision is also shamanic, though more hermetic and monastic, less gregarious then Lavadour's, though no less powerful. The work hungs on the wall as sculpture and painting at the same time. The more successful compositions are the pure square, almost cubes. Lavadour's forms and lines are organic becoming geometric and Julia Mangolds forms are geometric becoming organic. The lights cast ghostly shadows, light grays angels beneath the cube pieces hanging on the wall. Lavadors are panels that protrude slightly off the wall where as Julia's form extend from the wall and into the space of the viewer and room. In a way, Lavadour's work is minimal and flat. There are few colors within the painting and few shapes in the volcabulary. These issues, these tools are more distinct in Julia's work. Julia also has some pieces that are on a flat plane. They too are dimensionally projecting. The layers of transparency and space is perhaps most similar to Lavadour's paintings. They seem to be layers up on layers of vellum sheets, the top sheet has a slight curve at the top that shows how the pieces were constructed. They are also restricted to pure platonic shapes, like her sculptures. Their layering seems more apparent and constructed where as Lavadour's veils are hazing the mountain peaks beyond in mists. Lavadour rejoice in the un-ruliness, Julia reveal in the restraint.

The volumes bisected by the white lines that are between the rectangular shapes. Their forms create another shape casted by the gallery light. There are groupings of three square. Each is carefully constructed to bring out the proportions. For example, the smaller square groups has more depth and become more cube like in their volumes while the larger square groupings have flatter depth. This choice seems to be congruent with the way we perceive space and how we measure our body against the work. There were more obvious sculptural pieces as objects on the floor. The volumes, boxes lay flush against each other at times and then protrude no more then half an inch beyond each other. There seems to be a game, a consistency. For example, the horizontal lines between the space of the wall pieces are less then half an inch. There are limitations in dimension to create implied lines. The vertical wall pieces seem less successful and radically different from the implied square. It's not the unruliness's of the dimension that makes them alien to the square composition, it's their departure from the square that creates such a jarring affect. Though they are of the same color of black that unites the pieces, it is the geometry that makes them different and seem to belong to another artist. In the back of the gallery are the prints of Donald Judd. Only two are in black and white. Though they are lines, the black and white twins demonstrate the minimalist technique of varying only a few lines to make a slight but totally different space. It is no accident that the two are shown together. Julia works in the same line as Judd and even her last name Mangold recalls another minimalist, Robert Mangold. I shook her hands but did not ask her if she is related to Robert. Her work certainly carries the line and field color of Robert in shape but not color. It reminds me of Frank Stella's black and white prints and his radical departure in sculpture of metallic french curves protruding from the wall. I would have expected Frank Stella's work to be more like Julia's work if he carried on the same black and white palette and remain pure in his geometry of linear lines and rectangular shapes. Julia's work is a ghost of Donald Judd and Frank Stella. She carries on their tradition and I almost prefer her work to her fore bears, the masters of minimalist. Judd's work is sometimes too pure, dare I say boring, where as Julia's work allows a range of visual games to engage the viewers. Her work recalls another minimalist, AnnTruitt. Not long ago, I saw Truitt's column piece at the Portland Art Museum'sDisquieted show. It is a column, an extended cube. In height, it is about the size of a woman. It is perfectly executed, like Julia's work. However, Julia's vertical pieces pales in comparison. If only Truitt's column were black, they would belong in the show as a mother watching over her children, Julia's child, playing quietly, sneakily protruding from each other on the wall and on the floor.