Through the Lens of Mathematics: a Bill Ralph exhibition
Published on October 13 2009
"Through the Lens of Mathematics"
An exhibition of imaginary photographs inspired by the interplay between art and mathematics by Bill Ralph
St. Catharines ON — A Mano Libera Gallery is pleased to present “Through the Lens of Mathematics.” The exhibit features a collection of Giclée prints generated from algorithms, shown for the first time by Bill Ralph, a mathematics professor at Brock University.
“When a painter uses a brush to blend paint and create textures on a canvas, they are making use of a physical process that mathematicians would call a 'nonlinear dynamical system'," Ralph explains. "I use abstract versions of these systems as the basis for computer programs that assist me in creating art using techniques that I have invented and which are unique in the world.
"The medium is quite difficult to handle and is much like creating a sculpture from a pile of leaves by blowing on them. As an artist, I hope that my work will connect people emotionally to the enormous complexity and unity that lies within the rich mathematical objects that inspire my images.”
The exhibit runs from Oct. 17 to Nov. 8.
A Mano Libera Gallery features emerging and established contemporary artists from Niagara and beyond. The gallery is owned by Santina Malaguti, who is a local physician and a contributing artist.
Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
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