Mathematical Art 2020
Written by David Conrad   
Sunday, 10 May 2020

There is a deep affinity between math and art. There is beauty in mathematical symbols and the forms that they describe. Every year the American Mathematical Society (AMS) organizes an art exhibition and awards prizes.

The AMS announcement explains it  all:

"The 2020 Mathematical Art Exhibition was held at the Joint Mathematical Meetings held in Denver, CO. Here on Mathematical Imagery is a selection of the works in various media, including recipients of the 2020 Mathematical Art Exhibition Awards: "Suspended Helical Stair," by Mark Donohue (California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA), awarded Best textile, sculpture, or other medium; "A Unit Domino," by Douglas McKenna (Mathemaesthetics, Inc., Boulder, CO), awarded Best photograph, painting, or print; and "Computational Wings," by David Bachman (Pitzer College, Claremont, CA), Honorable Mention. The award "for aesthetically pleasing works that combine mathematics and art" was established in 2008 through an endowment provided to the American Mathematical Society by an anonymous donor who wishes to acknowledge those whose works demonstrate the beauty and elegance of mathematics expressed in a visual art form."

You can see the winners on the AMS site, but for me these weren't the most interesting. My three favourites are:

 rose

This reminds me of Russian Constructivist painting - but it is a rendering of a snub dodecahedron with 92 faces.

 

heart

This strange object is a velocity field of a human heart - the bigger the pencil shapes, the faster the flow.

My final pick. There is something about the simple colors and lines that I could look at for a long time - but then I've long been a sucker for a Barth Sextic surface (the star in the middle). The polynomial equations plotted are:

poly

math201

 

You can see the rest at the AMS web page and they are worth seeing.

 

More Information

2020 Exhibition

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