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Geometry in Art & Architecture Unit 1

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Here is a link to a resource with a look at the use of geometry in art from the pyramids all the way to early twentieth century art. Thanks Karen for the great find! 

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Ana C. Robles's comment, September 19, 2013 10:46 AM
Very cool I saw it from Karen.... and I love it too.
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Exploring the Natural World, Painted on Maps

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Do you have old maps lying around your home? Why not utilize them as surfaces for art? Vancouver based Paul Morstad decided to use maps for his paintings o
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Many artists are inspired by the places that they live and work. Canadian artists Paul Morstad is one of those artists. His work is inspired by the plants, animals, and landscape of his home in Vancouver, British columbia to create his paintings, and films. Recently Morstad worked on a collection of paintings done over maps. The paintings while depicting real and fantastical images, are inspired by the natural sciences and the works of artists like James Audbon. Most of the paintings focus on a variety of animals from sea creatures all the way to an assortment of birds. Regardless of the subject of the painting each incorporates the original artwork of the map in to the new image. Some of the themes Morstad’s paintings explore are migration, ecological decay, and extirpation (or the wiping our of a species). 
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Literacyhead

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Literacyhead is a bi-weekly online magazine for connecting literacy and the visual arts. Educators can find lessons and resources for teaching reading and writing lessons. Are you a Literacyhead?
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While the arts are naturally seen as a creative outlet for students many educators today are focusing more and more on trying to incorporate the visual arts into the core classrooms. At Literacyhead educators have come together to enable teachers to incorporate the visual arts into the way they look at and teach literacy. Literacyhead’s goal is to provide educators with online lessons that combine reading and writing with vocabulary development and the visual arts. Many of the lessons include the artwork from past and present children’s book illustrators. The educators at Literacyhead believe that the link between children’s book illustrations and the ability to develop comprehension is to palpable to pass up. Along with utilizing the art of children’s books, literacy also provides free short comic strips to use in conjunction with their lesson plans. 
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A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman’s Formative Years | Art21

A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman‚Äôs Formative Years | Art21 | Art and… | Scoop.it
  A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman‚Äôs Formative Years is currently on view at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas.
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There are many artists that focus and work with text in their artwork. Many choose to work with text alone through out their career and then again many often change directions and focus on other things as well. Bruce Nauman, an american artist, has built his eclectic career upon his artwork that focuses on text. Earlier in his career Nauman used neon signs and text to spark his career as an artist. Since he believes that process is more important than product Nauman has a varied repertoire of artistic works that span his career. He ranges from neon signs, film, installation, drawings, prints, and much much more. Throughout his varied career Nauman has explored several ideas fairly consistently: the body as a medium, art and language, art and architecture, concealment and revelation, interior and exterior, positive and negative space. Nauman’s work has been acclaimed as “an important influence on contemporary art” and has been displayed in many exhibits and museums throughout the country. 
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The Infinite Art of Janet Parke » Tenuis

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The Infinite Art of Janet Parke
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Everyone can think up connections of math to art but specifically can math be used to create art? United states based artist Janet Parkes proves with her art work that it can. Parkes art works are created solely based on mathematical formulas. Using equations Parkes creates fractals, or curves and geometric figures to create infinite amount of varied spirals, geometric shapes, non spirals, gnarls, and other kinds of spirals. Parkes creates her images using a computer and then places them on various kinds of materials such as photographs, watercolor paper, metal and ceramic tiles. Parkes attempts within her work to illuminate the beauty that she sees in mathematics that is typically hidden beneath the “dry formulas and analyses”. Parkes believes the work that she creates to be infinite because there literally is an infinite amount versions to the mathematical formulas that her art is based upon.  
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A new exhibition highlights the crossroads of contemporary art and science

A new exhibition highlights the crossroads of contemporary art and science | Art and… | Scoop.it
Philip Ross' sculptures might be ancient or ahead of their time — prehistoric or post-apocalyptic. They are both beautiful and bulletproof — literally: His component bricks are feather-light and Kevlar-tough.
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Many times the focus of art and science intertwine and influence each other. Today many artists explore the role of science in todays society and the affect it has on societies view of research and culture. Contemporary artists such as Philip Ross and Allison Kudla use science as inspiration for their art works. Ross, a sculptural and instillation artist, grows his materials from Reishi mushrooms. His work stems from the crossing of botanical and biological studies. Similiarly Kudla utilizes botanical media for her art as well. In her 2009 piece “Capacity for (Urban Eden, Human Error)”, Kudla uses a computer to grow a design from “biological ink” onto a sheet primed for plant growth. The computer uses a pattern based on the eden growth model which describes the growth of bacterial colonies. Both artists use their interest in science and botany to create beautiful images out of living things. 
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Great Works of Art Inspired by Great Works of Literature

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We don't know about you, but after we finish a dazzling piece of fiction, we want nothing more than to continue it in some way, to bring it to life in the physical realm. If our painting skills wer...
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Ever heard the phrase good art inspires art? Well, this list of sixteen artists, contemporary and classical, have been inspired by the art of the written word to create stand alone works of art. The examples of art range from paintings to stage pieces all inspired by classical works of literature. An example of art found in the list is Su Blackwell’s Little Red Riding Hood. Blackwell, a UK based artist, creates book sculptures by cutting out images from books and displays them in dioramas. Many of her works are inspired by classical fairy tales and folk lore. Another contemporary artist found on the list is Philadelphia based artist Tristin Lowe. Primarily a sculptural artist Lowe was inspired by the actual albino whale who inspired the book Moby Dick to create a 52 foot recreation of the whale out of wool felt and vinyl fabric. 

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National Flags Created From the Foods Each Country Is Commonly Associated With

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Feeling hungry? You will be after looking through this creative collection of food photography by Australian advertising agency WHYBIN\TBWA. To promote the

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Advertising plays a critical role in todays economic society. Some advertising agencies go above and beyond conventional advertising techniques to reach their market. Whybin\TBWA advertising Agency out of Australia, is one of those agencies. Whybin\TBWA believes is is their “job to become artists of all media. [To find] the idea that can orchestrate a brand and [tell] that brands story using the world as our medium” (Whybin\TBWA, 2013). They also perscribe that as a company they are not “doing advertising” but instead they are “creating meaning” (Whybin\TBWA, 2013). Recently the company created advertisements for the Sydney International Food Festival using food as their medium. The firm represented each country involved in the food festival’s flag using food that represented or was connected to that country. For example, Italy’s flag was created using basil, pasta, and tomatoes while the United States flag was created using Hot dogs, buns, ketchup, and cheese. 
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The Inspiring Artwork of Paper Engineer Matt Shlian (and How It's Inspiring Nano-Scientists)

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Matt Shlian started school as a ceramicist... but it was only when he realized that he was "interested in everything" that his work really took off. He cre
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Math and art have gone hand in hand for centuries. Currently some artists are contributing to the world of science with their artistic works.  Artist Matt Shlian is a paper artists whose mathematically inspired paper sculptures are inspiring scientists. Originally a ceramic artists Shlian began working with paper on a whim and became enamored with the versatility of the medium. With many of his works he gives himself a set of perimeters to work within such as only being able to make a certain kind of fold or allowing the folds to only be a certain length. With a team from the University of Michigan, Shlian won the National Science Foundation award on a nano-origami project. This work is inspiring engineers that work at a nano level. Shlian has also been the speaker for Ted Talks where he discusses his art and process and its connection to engineering and science.
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Singapore 2006 Gallery — Jenny Holzer

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Jenny Holzer is an American artists that lives and works in New York. She creates and  projects “ideas, arguments, and sorrows” in public spaces and exhibitions. Her art has been displayed all over the world and on various objects from T-shirts to public buildings. Currently her art is focused on creating written statements using LED signs or light projections. Her projections are cast onto walls and buildings in english and in foreign languages depending on the projections site. Some of her projections include statements such as: “I am losing time”, “you are my own”, and “ He embraces his murderer. May he win his heart: do you feel angrier if I survive? Brother... My Brother!” many of these statements such as above are fragments of short stories and are scrolled as they are being projected. In her artist statement Holzer states that she believes her art to “rival ignorance and violence with humor kindness and moral courage”. 
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Mother and Child (Divided) - Damien Hirst

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Mother and Child (Divided)
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Damien Hirst is a UK originated artist who creates sculptures, drawings and instillations. In all of his works he explores the “big issues” of “death, life, religion, beauty, science”. His art has been labeled as the “most iconic symbols of modern British art and popular culture in the 90’s”. Of his work the most notable and perhaps most controversial in some respects are the large sculptures of animals suspended in formaldehyde. Many of his work involve looking in some way of the anatomy of the object.   These images would be a great way to spark a discussion of what is sculpture or even ethics in art. It would also be a spring board to integrate the sciences in art and discuss art used in the medical sciences. Perhaps even to “dissect”, as Hirst does, the use or relationship people or society have to science and how does art fit into that relationship? 

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Iconostory: Minimalist Designs Represent History

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From the big bang all the way to Usain Bolt's 9.58 second hundred- meter dash record in 2009, French graphic designer René Mambembé takes us on a minimalis
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Symbols play a very important role in our world today. With the many different languages and cultures that are interacting through the internet, symbols provide opportunity for ideas and meanings to become clear with out the written word. Some artists have taken the idea of iconography and run with it. One of those artists, Rene Mambembe has taken it upon himself to provide a symbolistic interpretation of history. Inspired by the simplicity and minimalistic nature of signs that communicate important information in the everyday world (stop signs, caution, etc.) Mambembe has set about to depict history from the beginning of the world to the 2010’s. Even though Mambembe is still a design student at Lecole de Design in France his artwork depicting the worlds most memorable occasions has brought him considerable attention.
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Mind-blowing Illusions: Anamorphic Sculptures by Jonty Hurwitz

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Let's face it, anamorphic art is really flippin' cool. From drawings that jump off of the page by Alessandro Diddi and Nagai Hideyuki to the drawings of Is
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Anamorphic art has been around in the art world since the early renaissance. Recently it has seen a comeback in the contemporary art world. Anamorphic art is an artwork that has been distorted and requires a specific viewing point to see the image properly. the image can be rectified by the position of the viewer or the use of a mirror. London based artist Jonty Hurwitz creates anamorphic sculptures with the help of mathematics. For his sculptures that require a mirror for proper viewing, Hurwitz uses a 3D scanner to scan his objects and then distorts them using mathematical variations of Pi. His collection of work can be seen on his website, social media, Saatchi gallery, and through his many exhibitions. 

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Pictures of Garbage | VikMuniz

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While many artists use social issues and people to inspire their art work, how many of them actually affect the lives of the people that they are inspired by? Rio de Janeiro native, Vik Muniz uses his art to bring light to and effect the lives of the people he uses to inspire his work. Currently living in New York, Muniz has several pieces that have brought his critical acclaim while bringing to light the struggles of his subjects. For his Pictures of Garbage series he used residents of brazil who worked as “Catadors” or people who picked recyclables from brazil’s largest landfill. Muniz used the workers images to recreated classical works from the very objects that they collected in the landfill. Muniz’s goal was to show how overlooked yet critically important their role was in Brazils effort to cope with their massive amount of waste. To create his artwork Muniz employed the people depicted within his artwork and gave them a new perspective on their lives. He documented the journey from concept to actualization of this work in his film “Wasteland”. 

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Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) - Home

Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.(ASCI), art and science, art-science, art-sci, art+science, sci-art
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While there may be many artists that focus their art on science or inspired by science what resources are out there for those artists and those wishing to know more about them? The Art and Science Collaborations, Inc. is a membership service that provides opportunity for artists that use science and technology within their art to collaborate, interact, and support one another all while being advocates for art, science, and technology. The ASCI claims to have been instrumental in the reinvigorating of the “art-sci-tech movement” in the 1990’s and has held many symposiums and composed exhibits for its members. The Art and Science Collaborations, Inc. is supported and sponsored by many individuals, museums, and public companies. For the art educator the ASCI provides a resource of artists who are  members of ASCI. Their website provides images of their works and usually a brief question and answer session about their work.

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New Narrative Art: story telling, fiction and literary precedent in contemporary art practice

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Literary precedent, narrative and neo-narration in contemporary art. Featuring Kaari Upson, Renzo Martens, Lindsay Seers, Mike Nelson, Spartacus Chetwynd, Mai-Thu Perret
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For centuries people have told stories. Authors throughout that ages have penned stories that are told to this day. Artists have been inspired to re tell these stories within their art for almost as long. Even today in our contemporary society artists are inspired by literary works of art to and the concept of a narrative to create art. British artist Spartacus Chetwynd was inspired by Charles  Dickens literary character David Copperfield to create his filmed performance piece retracing the heroes footsteps. Others like London based artist Nathaniel Mellors, choose to instead investigate the contrived narratives of popular television in his instillations and films. His pieces draw out the absurdity and scripted-ness of reality television and gameshows. These and  many other artists presented in the article use the artistic media of film and mixed media to concentrate on both narrative, narration, and storyline. 
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Incredible: Bodies Camouflaged with Paint

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Johannes Stötter is an Italian artist specializing in bodypainting. His first experiments with the style began in 2000, even though he had gained an intere
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Camouflage is a natural technique that many animals use in nature to ensure their survival. Artist Johannes Stotter has taken that concept and brought it into his artwork. Stotter is an Italian artist that focuses on body painting. In his artwork he attempts to blend his subjects in to natural backgrounds. Many of his paintings merge his human canvases with natural backgrounds, plants, and even animals. He has competed in many body painting competitions and in 2012 gained the title of “Worlds greatest body painter”. Stotter spends a large amount of time planning and preparing to create his art before he begins painting on his subjects. While it can take a tremendous amount of time to paint his “canvases”, up to eight hours, he spends months in preparation for the actual event. Since Stotter’s canvases are live human beings he has to use a special breathable paint to create his amazing works. 
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Every Icon

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There is a popular phrase that if you put monkeys in a room and let them type randomly for an infinite amount of time then almost surely they will type the complete works of Shakespeare. Many  Mathematicians and philosophers have discussed and argued their case about this theorem, but one artist has taken a new light to it.  New York based artist, John F. Simon, Jr.  created a software program the runs through all the possible combinations of black and white squares on a grid line by line. Given several trillion years the title of the piece, Every Icon, suggests that the program should be able to randomly construct every iconic image. Because the image is always changing it is said that this artwork will display more images than the human mind can experience in their lifetime. While every icon has been displayed in many galleries and exhibits around the world it can also be seen running as a Java Applet on any computer. 
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New Math: Contemporary Art and the Mathematical Instinct - University Museums - University of Richmond

New Math: Contemporary Art and the Mathematical Instinct - University Museums - University of Richmond | Art and… | Scoop.it
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A jumping off point for finding more artists that use math in their artwork. 

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When LEDs and math equal high art

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Road Trip at Home: Leo Villareal has become one of the most prominent LED artists in the world, but he'd say his work is about applying logic and math to light. Read this article by Daniel Terdiman on CNET News.
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     Leo Villareal is an New York based instillation artist that uses LED displays to create astonishing displays of art. The artist uses math to create his dizzying displays. The instillations are first inspired by binary code and then combined with simple operations such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication.  Being adept in in LED software, Villareal uses computer software to create sequences for his moving light instillations. The medium of the LED lights allow a multitude of colors to be used. Many of the instillations although they are highly mathematic are inspired by biological patterns and Villareal tries to bring that life to his displays. 

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Eclectic Mosaics by Chinese Artist Hong Hao

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Hong Hao is considered one of China's most famous contemporary artists today. Born in 1965, Hong Hao received his formal arts education from the Central Ac
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Recycling has been a hot topic for the past several years. How can we bring attention to the need for recycling and the amount of waste that we create as consumers? Chinese artist Hong Hao uses objects that he finds around his home and “trash” objects to create large scale prints. These prints are created by scanning the objects with a scanner, enhancing them with a computer, and then combining them to create digital “mosaics”. In these series of photographs, entitled ‘My Things’, Hao “reflects on his own life and materialism”. Considered on of China’s most famous artists Hao has many artworks displayed in museums all over the world. Besides digital photographs Hao also creates detailed prints and is known for his prints of maps of China. 
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