"Mathematics and Art: Searching for Pattern"

Multimedia exhibit at Suffolk University Gallery through Jan. 22

The Suffolk University Gallery presents Mathematics and Art: Searching for Pattern, the second exhibit in the Suffolk University Gallery fall Art + Science + Design series, from Dec. 1, 2016, through Jan. 22, 2017.

Co-curators George Fifield and Deborah Davidson have brought together a range of responses to the idea of artists’, mathematicians’, and scientists’ searching for pattern. The works in the Mathematics and Art: Searching for Pattern exhibit range from those that are computer generated, to 3-D sculpture, painting, drawing, and animation.

The exhibit is itself an expression of the many ways artists and scientists respond visually and otherwise to the influence of the principles of mathematics. Some of the artists have math backgrounds, some a long fascination with patterns and symbols. Several of the participants are scientists who have become captivated with the possibilities of creating computer-generated images that are visually compelling and allude to science as well. The rapidly developing technology of 3D printing has become a tool used widely by both artists and scientists.

As participating artist Phil Webster so succinctly says: “I believe we all share at some level an innate appreciation for symmetry and pattern.”



Related programming

Reception and gallery talk

A reception for the artists will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, featuring a 5:30 p.m. talk by Fifield, director of Boston Cyberarts, who will discuss his longtime interest in art and mathematics by way of technology.

Ongoing in Gallery

Origami and Math
Music and math: The genius of Beethoven - Natalya St. Clair
Math and Van Gogh's The Starry Night

Catalyst Conversations - off site 

Math and Music | Dennis Miller and Hubert Ho
7 - 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Bartos Theatre

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