Do art and math go together? You can count on it!
Welcome back to be inspired another day! We have some cool stuff to talk about as we end the week. Do you know that there are some things that art and math both have in common? They both use geometry. You have probably heard this word in your math classes at school. Geometry is the part of math that focuses on shapes and space, and everything in between--like lines. Artists use geometry rules all the time when they create art.
Let's take a closer look at what geometry really means in this video. Then we can look at some artists who use geometry in their work. Some have shown their work here at the Albany Museum of Art!
Frank is An American artist who makes great geometric art. He was born in the year 1936 in Malden, Mass. He uses simple shapes and polygons of different colors to make art that people love to see. He moves shapes around different areas of his canvas.
Moving something around the space you use to make art is called changing the composition. That is what he does. He plays around with the composition. In the past, we have also talked about abstract artists, and he is one of those, too. He makes abstract work, which means he doesn't make art about things we would see in our everyday life.
Sam is an artist whose work was a part of our recently closed Cut & Past: Works of Paper exhibition in our main gallery. If you look at his artwork shown below, what kinds of shapes can you find that are being repeated over and over in his artwork?
A lot of his work includes simple shapes mixed with other cool elements to create a finished piece. His work is really different from Frank's art, right? That's because they have different art forms that are made with different things, but they both use geometry.