Mathematics and Arts, as languages, conceptual technology, and philosophy not only play a foundational role in our understanding of physical reality, but also shape human the essence of creativity. The mathematical instinct, which moves fluidly across the various elements of nature and human culture, leaves convincing evidence, from bee hives to quilting circles, that mathematics, art and community are profound partners in the search for truth, beauty and spirit.
But when mathematics and art-parameters of human cognition- are quilted together as Mathematical Art, structure and spirit meet in a metaphysical communion of heightened vision. Multimedia artist, John Sims, has curated over 15 mathematical art shows, including the year long exhibition: Rhythm of Structure: Mathematics, Art and Poetic Reflection, featuring Sol Lewitt, Adrian Piper, Karen Finley, and Dread Scott, and has created signature project, SquareRoots: A Quilted Manifesto – a collection of 13 math art quilts, five Pi dresses, a 12 bar blues based on Pi, The Pi Anthem Music Video and a concrete mathart video poem performed by my alter ego- Johannes Curtis Schwarzenstein, the AfroGermanJewishMathArtPoet.
SquareRoots: A Quilted Manifesto is a call to recognize that mathematical art as world art – flows through fundamental elements of human culture and physical reality as
Ringling College of Art and Design, 2002 Curated by John Sims and Kevin Dean
Mathematics has been our greatest tool in seeing the invisible, counting the infinite and understanding the unimaginable. Mathematics is not just about numbers, shapes