Week 13: Artist Interview

Marty Knop

Marty Knop’s installation, titled icosikaihenagon, is all about the visual representation of mathematical functions. For this show, Knop used Mathmatica and Photoshop to generate the patterns seen in the gallery. He would then screen print the patterns and on some of the pieces, would also add colors to the patterns using paint.


Some of the pieces were based on the graphs of trigonometric functions, while others were generated using the inverse matrix function. He was particularly interested in the symmetric properties and the “textilely” patterns that the inverse matrix function produced. He would then take these patterns and superimpose them on polyhedron. He added that these low-poly shapes were used by the software to aid in computing, but that wasn’t why he used them. Instead, he felt like they created more interesting images.


When choosing the colors, Knop was focused on the contrast between the colors. He was mostly interested in the individual shapes, and he felt that the “color helps [him] define that territory.” These three pieces shown below all have the same shapes and patterns, however, the colors that fill each shape are different. At first glance, they appeared to be three different images, but then I saw the commonalities.

Knop feels like there is a lot of potential in exploring math this way. He sees computers as an invaluable tool and that as they evolve and progress, so to does mathematical exploration. Today, because of advances in and the reduction of cost of computing, Knop is able to generate patterns which would have been infeasible just a few years ago. It will be interesting to see what artists like Knop will produce as computing continues to advance. This novel approach at exploring math may bring about new understandings that traditional schools of thought were unable to produce.


Week 13: Classmate Interview

Victor Paredes

This week I talked with Victor, a freshman film major. He started out with computer science last semester, but he said it wasn’t for him. He lives in Long Beach, and went to Lakewood High School, where he was on the swim team and played water polo. Victor enjoys hiking. His favorite place to hike is Yosemite, however he hikes most often at Vanalden. I asked him about any good nearby places and he suggested Palos Verdes Estates. He had his camera on him which was filled with many photos of his different hiking trips, including Mammoth. He showed me pictures of an old abandoned Russian tank that was all rusted out on the shore, as well as some great views from the top of the hike. I plan on trying it out tomorrow.

Week 13: Classmate Procedures

1. Musical Drawing by Christian Posada

The song I listened to was “Something From Nothing” by the Foo Fighters. It felt very strange to draw the line on the paper with my eyes closed. I kept thinking that I had drawn on the table. I used a yellow and blue high lighter as well as a red sharpie.


2. How to draw a picture (Christian Park style)


I decided to change this one up a bit. Instead of walking around and asking random people to draw on the piece of paper I thought it would be interesting to post the paper up in the hallway of VEC and see what people drew. I also posted the instruction from Christian’s procedure. I was sort of surprised by the results. I was expecting more people to participate, but not very many did. Also, I expected it to get filled up with inappropriate things as is the norm with anonymous, public displays. That didn’t happen either. I guess a more public location might have changed both of those things.

3. Geometric Drawing by Lizbeth Acosta

For replicating Lizbeth’s procedure, I used spotify instead of padora, as I don’t have a pandora account. I’m also not taking a nutrition class, so instead, I performed this procedure while writing a paper for Religious Studies 302. I liked this procedure as it gave me little breaks throughout working on the paper.

4. Text Message Poetry by Jasmine Barnum

Words: going, John, will, workshop, in, you, the, front, not, stop

Poem: You, John, will not stop going in the front workshop.

I think it was an interesting experience to work with such tight restraints. Giving myself the additional constraint of having a grammatically correct sentence made it much more difficult. It think it would be interesting to see if the words generated from this procedure have any connection to the type of person they were generated from.