How do we fuse math and art? To begin exploring possibilities for doing so, an Aspergian creates a series of experimental drawings.
Update!: 002303200’s Kickstarter project passed its funding goal not too long ago. This has really been a monster massacre.
All excess funds will go into 002303200, to make more drawings, collect more information, and plan more projects based on the idea of employing and representing data and mathematical concepts in 2-dimensional works of art.
Koch Snowflake Drawing (that will be on the greeting cards for the $75 reward):
UPDATE!: Someone gave me the idea of including the decoder for the final piece in the reward for contributing for any original drawing (which will come with its own decoder). I've decided to do that (I just can't change it in the listing), because I want more people to get to see it in that format, I want to do more drawings that people will see, and when I get things printed it will be easier and less costly to order more than less.
Around age fourteen, a number of influences converged upon my thinker to produce the realization that a structure exists hidden inside everything. I was unable to express something as abstract as this awareness was, but I began to see structure everywhere; everything is somehow discretely crystalline.
I tried to encapsulate my experiences in poetry, but this was not enough. I needed to show people. So I spent four years devoted to studying how to map the world in visual media, i.e. drawing and painting.
It then dawned upon me that I needed another language so that I could communicate what I’ve been learning about the world, so I pushed my art practice to the background and began studying mathematics. Now as I continue to study both mathematics and visual arts, I begin to experiment with ways in which I can weave them together.
I’ve begun a series of drawings that serve as tiny, quiet, open places in which to think about mathematics while drawing. Right now they are purely experimental, and they feel honest, but my imagination far exceeds my present reach. One thing keeping me back is the need to explore data manipulation and representation through computer programs. My current technology is inefficient and involves burdens that prevent me from embarking on many intellectual journeys of which I conceive.
In gaining this initial funding I will be able to begin exploring more of the ideas I have for unifying mathematics and art. Specifically for this project, it will allow me to create a series of carefully planned out and hand drawn pieces, including a set of small drawings (approximately dozens) and four larger, ~14x14 in. drawings that will form a tetraptych, to be completed by the end of the year.
I’ve given the title 002303200 to the public manifestation of this and future projects to encourage an unavoidable visual presence. I have a vague dream of it becoming a well-defined system involving research, pure artistic practice, education, and any other relevant entity it may run into. Among many further projects that appeal to me is the creation of distinctly artistic, visual materials to aid students of mathematics, and particularly those with unique learning differences.
Your support will be appreciated in a deep, integrated manner, and be a vote for both these artistic and mathematical endeavors and also for individuals with Aspergers, who are everywhere struggling to find the language or mechanism by which they may share with you what they know or find beautiful in the world.
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Notes on Prints:
Prints will be made in black and white on high quality printing paper.
These prints will be limited edition, meaning I am only reproducing them for this project and will be signing and numbering them.
Notes on Original Drawings:
The small drawings will be done over the course of 2012 as I work on the larger drawing. At the end of the year I will probably provide images of the entire set and those who contributed for a reward of an original drawing will contact me and they will go on a first come, first serve basis unless something special has been arranged with me through personal communication.
These drawings will be done on hot pressed water color paper, either Arches or Rives. They will all involve some level of mathematical content, drafts done in pencil, and finals done with pen and ink with wash elements.
I’ll be posting regularly on the 002303200 website, providing images of drawings being worked on and thoughts and ideas I have about each one.
I intend to create a so-called "decoder" for the main work, which, because of the complexity I intend for it to entail, will be a number of pages of images and explanations, some mathematical, some not. Depending on the length it may have to be printed as a booklet. For example, one idea I have is to encode all the names I get in such a way as to create a flock of birds, each one person, which I could transform in many different ways. So I would describe and demonstrate how a single name was encoded and how I mapped the names to points or sets of points, with the computer programs the funds will help me have access to. Basically, it would be like the blueprints for the drawing, containing images of it in process, referenced outside sources of information, etc. There will be some brief explanation of the final work to be posted on the web, but I intend for the decoder to involve much more than would be appropriate to simply put up on a web page.
One of my primary goals in my over-all work is to create ways of explaining higher math concepts in a more visual way, to aid students who otherwise might be intimidated by the content. In this particular project I do expect that there will be some things that someone who, for example, has never studied linear algebra, may not be able to appreciate. But in the decoder I will try to simplify and map everything out with an audience of highschoolers or undergraduates in mind. Also, my hope is that the math content will generate a different kind of content that will be more than enough for a non-mathematician to contemplate and visually enjoy.
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Apr 16, 2012 - May 21, 2012 (35 days)
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The best good karma you can get and your name included in a thank you page on 002303200’s websiteEstimated delivery: May 2012
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A signed postcard print of one of my drawings and reward #1Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Desktop/smartphone/iPad background image and your name encoded and included in a data set of names that will be used in planning the final large drawings. And rewards 1 and 2.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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A set of ten greeting cards on which are printed one of my drawings (your choice between two designs). And rewards 1 through 3.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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A set of twenty greeting cards (so you can have ten of each design) And rewards 1 through 3.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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A special set of 20 holiday greeting cards (I'm planning something with the Koch snowflake) And rewards 1 through 3.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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A “decoder” for the final tetraptych, i.e. a written explanation of how the drawings were planned and a key for whatever encoded information is included. And the 7th level reward.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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An original small drawing (10cmx10cm, ~4x4in). And rewards 1 through 3.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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The finished tetraptych, ~30x30in, with decoder. And any of rewards 1 through 7.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013