‘Algorithms of Art’ at McIninch Gallery

Friday, January 16, 2009
SNHU Communications Office

The McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University will present “Algorithms of Art” from Jan. 19 through Feb. 15. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 in Robert Frost Hall. Artists will be present for a gallery talk.
“Algorithms of Art” demonstrates some of the correlations that exist between the genre of abstraction in contemporary art and certain disciplines of mathematics and science. The selected artists include Diane Ayott, Meghan Brady, Karen Dow, Anne Krinsky, Mary Bucci McCoy, Dorothea Rockburne, Craig Stockwell and Joan Waltemath.

Some of the most basic tenets in abstract art are attributed to mathematical problems that can be found in ancient Greece through the Renaissance. The artists of those periods were more often than not engineers or architects first. Their desire to paint nature with realism led to the tenet of perspective. Brunellechi and Alberti are generally credited with developing a system of perspective that dealt with geometry. This basic tenet was carried forward into the 20th century; artists such as M.C. Escher distorted perspective into surreal landscapes. Additionally, symmetry, tiling, set theory and the golden ratio are popular tenets in the abstract art of today.

Rockburne, an august painter of our time, has employed mathematics as well as theories found in science for the last 50 years. “Sensor,” a large triptych that is the focal point of this exhibit, deals with the algorithm of non-Euclidean space. Bucci McCoy and Stockwell draw and paint geometric forms that could be paying homage to the currents trends of bioengineering. Waltemath creates her own formal mathematic language based on ideals of minimalism and computer language of CAD/CAM design. The formulas employed by each artist are either directly or indirectly connected to science and/or math, but in the end their very personal voices are invoked through rhythm, color and energy, which become poetry for today.

Please call Debbie Disston at 603.629.4622, email m.gallery@snhu.edu. The McIninch Art Gallery, which was made possible by a generous gift from the McIninch Foundation, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

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