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Bridges 2017 Math Art Conference

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  • Study for “Protogon Shift” (triptych), 2014, acrylic paint on stretched linen. Andrew James Smith.
    Study for “Protogon Shift” (triptych), 2014, acrylic paint on stretched linen. Andrew James Smith.
  • “8 Protogon Asides #1”, 2017, Digital Pigment Print. Andrew James Smith.
    “8 Protogon Asides #1”, 2017, Digital Pigment Print. Andrew James Smith.
  • “Protogon Asides Rumba #1”, 2017, Digital Pigment Print. Andrew James Smith.
    “Protogon Asides Rumba #1”, 2017, Digital Pigment Print. Andrew James Smith.

Andrew James Smith | July 11, 2017

Two pieces of artwork based on a spiral I discovered were shown in Seattle, Washington at the 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings. There, they caught the eye of several mathematicians. It was their promptings, upon seeing my related artwork in Atlanta, Georgia, this year, that caused me to write an academic paper about the spiral.

My paper is being published in a journal connected with the Bridges 2017 Conference, this July, at the University of Waterloo. Two other related prints of mine will be on display there during the conference. In conjunction, the University of Waterloo Art Gallery will be displaying my related 21-foot painted triptych in a group show.

What should be stressed is that there are only two people in history that have created a unique spiral made with straight lines: Theodorus of Cyrene, Plato’s math teacher, 2400 years ago, and more recently, Andrew of Galt.

Andrew James Smith

 

The Bridges 2017 Math Art Conference takes place on July 27 – 31, 2017 at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.