Lun-Yi Tsai
January 9, 2010 2:28 PM   Subscribe

What do you get when you combine math with painting? Lun-Yi Tsai.
posted by wittgenstein (13 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
♪ Painting as much as Pythagoras paints? ♫
posted by stavrogin at 2:52 PM on January 9, 2010

He's a really nice guy---I attended a workshop with him a couple of years ago (Viewpoints: Math and Art, at Franklin & Marshall College). He gave a very interesting presentation.

At the time, he was in Seattle, and had done some collaboration with some of the professors in the math department at the University of Washington; my fuzzy recollection is that he went and interviewed whoever it was for a while about their research, and then created a painting based on the discussion with some revision based on more discussions. I don't remember if the painting appeared in an article of the professor's or not.
posted by leahwrenn at 3:12 PM on January 9, 2010

If you like Mathematical art, this music video is pretty awesome.
posted by delmoi at 3:43 PM on January 9, 2010

That was my idea!
posted by moorooka at 3:48 PM on January 9, 2010

I read that as meth. Painting were not as expected.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 3:58 PM on January 9, 2010

It's pretty clear what's going on mathematically in the first five links, not so much in the last link. I think all the paintings in the last link depict level surfaces for real-valued quadrics of three variables (e.g. a family of hyperboloids).
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:09 PM on January 9, 2010

Well if you're going to talk math and art, you need to go 3D and talk about Helaman Ferguson and Bathsheba.
posted by madmethods at 5:53 PM on January 9, 2010 [1 favorite]

Site's down for me.
posted by Rhomboid at 6:46 PM on January 9, 2010

Having read this post as "meth" and "painting," I figured that the answer would be that the painting would get done really, really fast.

My bad.
posted by leftcoastbob at 8:53 PM on January 9, 2010

< gunshy-pedantry > all painting is maths. < formal left/right mindgrapes interaction or'not/>

Very much a fan of the "with" links' piece, great set of art!

In theory, an ontology is a "formal, explicit specification of a shared conceptualisation"- Is this artist creating an ontology? Seems so to me.
posted by infinite intimation at 12:43 AM on January 10, 2010

ooo, drawings, and Gadgets are excellent galleries on the site as well, these pieces seem to at times have a feeling almost of gesture drawing, but then you continue to examine it, and you see layers of symmetry, and geometry, an underlying mathematical purity that I in no way understand, but can feel nonetheless, it is a fully articulated artistic expression of mathematical passion... many things at once for sure. Many deeper links to explore.
posted by infinite intimation at 1:01 AM on January 10, 2010

very cool!
posted by mpro77 at 10:19 AM on January 10, 2010

Bart.....Is that you?
posted by JohnR at 2:21 PM on January 10, 2010

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