Ibiayi Briggs
Nov 14, 2012 3:37AM
P-190a, 1976
bitforms gallery

Two of my favorite genes on Art.sy are Science and Math (once a single Science & Math gene, but that's a story for another day.) While the topics may seem a bit broad, I think it highlights the diversity within them, and multitude of ways artists have engaged with both. Two of my favorite pairings in the art-meets-math-meets-science family are Sol LeWitt and Manfred Mohr

Through art history lectures I had already been acquainted with Conceptual mastermind Sol LeWitt's geometric rule-making, but when I was introduced to Computer Art pioneer, Manfred Mohr's work I saw geometry in a new light. I love the juxtaposition of the analogue with the semi-digital, and see both works as stripping down geometry to its elements—lines and curves—and reassembling the parts to create a new meaning. Mohr is literally translating his new shapes to letters of of the alphabet. 

To me both works embody the idea of math as a language, and all the notions of reading and interpretation that implies. I love that even though both works are based on rules (whether written instructions or an algorithm) they contradict math in the sense that there's no answer. Something that really appeals to me as an art nerd and closet math geek.  

Ibiayi Briggs