Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Two New Books

I am happy to announce that I was a part of a couple of new books that was published last summer.
My work finds itself in the intersection of many aesthetics and this is evident by looking at the content of both of these two books.  The first book mentioned specializes in the area where mathematics meets visual art. From my point of view it focuses primarily on the aesthetics of thinking but also approaches the aesthetics of direct sensory experience.  Most of the work.

in this book is done by people trained in mathematics who have a passion for making it visual. The difficult aspect of this genre is that you must have a bit of a math background.  The more background you have the more you will appreciate.

"Experience-centered Approach and Visuality in The Education of Mathematics and Physics."  ISBN 978-963-9821-52-1
Co-Authored by Javier Barrallo, Mateja Budin, Anthony Durity, Fenyvesi Kristof, Slavik Jablan, Klingne Takacs Anna, Ljiljana Radovic, Radmila Sazdanovic  and Stettner Eleonora  

The second book shown here Edited by Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill is titled “The Last Vispo” an anthology of visual poetry spanning 20 years from 1998 to 2008  ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-626-3
The primary focus on this book is a confluence of poetics with visual art (Visual Poetry / Concrete Poetry).  Lots of interesting essays as well as a lot of good vispo.  

Friday, February 15, 2013

Vilhelm Ekelund Qutoe:

To read fast is as bad as to eat in a hurry. -Vilhelm Ekelund, poet (1880-1949) 

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Mathematical Zen Poems By Karl Kempton

Here Are A Couple Of Mathematical Zen Poems By Karl Kempton

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Is the Art and Science Movement Hogwash?

Click here for some interesting dialogue on the Art and Science Movement.
Jean-Marc Leblonde criticizes the math art movement with some pretty interesting views. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

2013 Joint Mathematics Meeting Mathart Show

I am happy to be a part of the Joint Mathematics Conference mathart show in San Diego California.
Here is a link to the work in the show

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Thoughts on Craft

I believe that "craft" is a physical endeavor; furthermore, the more you practice it, the better you get at it. That said, "talent" is the ability to accomplish the same physical goal as others with less practice.

Kaz Maslanka - ASCI Featured Artist of the Month

I am happy to announce that I am the featured artist of the month at Art and Science Collaborations INC. You can check it out at this link 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Videos From Bridges

Here is a video compilation of events and aesthetic works at the Bridges Conference on Mathematical Connections in Art Music and Science. You may recognize my piece “Monastic Path” at the 0:40 second mark of the video. If you have trouble watching it here then click on the "YouTube" button in the bottom right hand corner. Thanks!
And here is a more official one that I nabbed from the conference website:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Reza Sarhangi Homage

In 2005 I created a homage to Reza Sarhangi, the nucleus of the Bridges Conference on Mathematical Connections in Art Music and Science. I never shared it so I think I will pull it out now that this year's conference is over and I am re-inspired. There are quite a few mathematical properties going on in this thing - puzzle with it.
And thank you Reza for being the special person that you are!

Mathemaku No. 1

I like this poem even though I struggle with the mapping part - but I must say that I love the mathematical metaphor. I think Bob did a great job on the idea of a couple being one.

Prat's Olympics

Here seems to be Toni Prat's answer to the Olympics.

Monday, August 13, 2012


The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. -Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)

Saturday, August 04, 2012

I just recently returned from the Bridges Conference on Mathematical Connections in Art Music and Science and was fortunate enough to have Geof Huth shoot this photo while I was giving my reading on Orthogonal Space Poems

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Math Is A Religion

In a fascinating book entitled "The Mathematical Experience," [Davis and Hersh], I found:
    Mathematical axioms have the reputation of being self-evident, but it might seem that the axioms of infinity and that of God have the same character as far as self-evidence is concerned. Thus, ...'Axiom of Infinity: An infinite set exists.' Axiom of God: (Maimonides: Mishneh Torah, beginning):
    The basic principle of all basic principles and the pillar of all the sciences is to realize that there is a First Being who brought every existing thing into being.
    Which is mathematics and which is theology? Does this lead us to the idea that an axiom is merely a dialectical position on which to base further argumentation, the opening move of a game without which the game cannot get started?" 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Addition Online Collection

My Polyaesthetic work which includes the "Orthogonal Space Poem": "The Monastic Path" was included in the online collection titled "Addition"

Monday, May 07, 2012

A Moment

There are those moments in life when you are terror struck in a situation and
hoping that you are in a dream -- then you slap your face begging, please wake up.

And then there are those moments of pain and solitude that you simply realize that all of this existence IS just a dream and you wonder how long it will be before you wake up.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Accepted Work To The Bridges 2012 Math-Art Show

I am happy to be included in the Bridges Mathart show coming up this July 25 in Baltimore. At Towson University
See my piece here

See all the accepted works here
Bridges Mathart 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Walt's Word

To have great poets, there must be great audiences. -Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892)

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Mathematical Spam

I just received some spam from a couple of sources - It seems that folks are thinking somewhat in our terms.

The first bit was some political spam from Al Franken:

Kaz ,

I love math. Always have. Sometimes, when I visit schools in Minnesota, I prove the Pythagorean Theorem, right there on the chalkboard.

But here’s some math I don’t love. Democrats have to defend 23 Senate seats this year. Republicans only have to defend 10. And if they take four of ours, they take control of the Senate.

Democrats are facing a real algebra problem.

X = President Romney. Y = a Republican Senate. X + Y = Z. Solve for Z.

The second one is some regular spam:

Higher Salary + New Job = A Happier You 
(there was a link on the text but I removed it)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Fog

Here is a Polyaesthetic piece titled "The Fog" and within this piece you will notice a Proportional Poem. The original photo was shot at Biro Ahm (Small Temple)that sits on top of a mountain within the Tongdosa Monastery complex in South Korea.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

My Apology

 If I were to wait for my art to be good enough, I would never make one piece.

The Monastic Path

Here is a mathematical visual poem titled "The Monastic Path" the mathematical structure used is an Orthogonal Space Poem. The original image was shot at Tongdosa Monastery in South Korea in a room where monks perform their "Kyol Chae" a retreat where they meditate 100 days from 8 to 12 hours per day. The equation describes a full range of concepts but if we were to focus on having the equation express a value of near-infinite Lucidity then the ego would be near zero. The equation was inspired by the Tongdosa monastery monk seen in the imagery who I found to exhibit extreme confidence with no ego. I have never experienced this from anyone before this time.
The Monastic Path - 2012


Here is a Proportional Poem titled "FOG"

FOG - 2012

Monday, March 05, 2012


Sunday, January 08, 2012

The Monastic Path

This is an orthogonal space poem titled "The Monastic Path" inspired by 천진스님Chun Jin Sunim of the 통도사 Tongdosa Monastery in South Korea.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Thought For The Day

Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason. -Andre Gide, author, Nobel laureate (1869-1951) 

Monday, December 05, 2011

Robert Fathauer Show in Hungary

My friend Robert Fathauer is having a show in Hungary check it out here

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Seems To Me

Morality is not a product of religion. Religion is a product of morality.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Connie Tettenborn's New Website

I would like to announce that Connie Tettenborn has a new site you can access it here

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Catalog Page For The Rhythm Of Structure

I had the pleasure to be a part of, "The Rhythm of Structure" poetry event in NYC in the summer of 2010. The John Sims project has had many branches and events over the last three years and is having a closing symposium at the Antioch College in November of 2011. Here is the page for the catalog that I originally made for John. The page shows four mathematical poems of which the bottom one is a substitution poem made by solving the previous two poems for the word "thinking" and setting both of those poems equal to each other and then solving for "Hell."


Here is a "Orthogonal Space Poem" titled Warmonger.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Celebrity

Here is a polyaesthetic piece with a proportional poem inside it. Yet I have made it to seem like a Orthogonal Space Poem with a ratio of Talent and Stupidity in the denominator.

The piece is titled "The Celebrity"

Friday, September 30, 2011

Don't Think About This

Here is a proportional poem titled "Don't Think About This"

Monday, August 22, 2011

The New Culture

This is a most significant time in human history where cultural identity is rapidly moving from geographic locations to physically disparate cadres bound by beliefs and passions.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Polyaesthetic Mapping

This may be one of the most important things that I have ever done - This is the culmination of ten years of thinking about the aesthetics of math/science and art. I have been working on this project to show how one can map any aesthetic experience into a clear concise system.

You can access it at this link

Art + Science at the Escondido Municipal Art Gallery

ART + SCIENCE @ Escondido Municipal Art Gallery
August 9 thru Sept. 30, 2011 Join us at the intersection of Art and Science. This two month exhibition allows the collection of data as well as encouraging conversation about the technologies we use everyday. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the County of San Diego, Pam Slater-Price 3rd Dist. Supervisor

My Piece "Singularity" will be showing there.

If you are in the area please come to the opening Reception: Sat. Sept. 10, 5:30 - 8:30pm

Bridges Coimbra Portugal

The Bridges conference on mathematical connections in art music and science just finished in Coimbra Portugal. (July 2011) I am happy to been a part of the show where my piece singularity was displayed. There was a lot of beautiful work there and you can see the show at this link.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Here is some of my work at SCRIPT Literature's last frontiers.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Mathematical Prose

The 2004 image above is a mapping of Potential Energy to Kinetic Energy and addresses the mechanics of changing spiritual belief. Cognitive Behavioral Science is a great example of this process. I admit that the above work is a rough outline and needs more detail for one to fully grasp what I am pointing at. I plan to use this as a template for other work in the future with more detail.

I think a lot of what is on this blog might be considered mathematical prose (as well as the work displayed above) - it is certainly worth thinking about. On that thought - John Sims pointed me at the following link (here). The following quote came from mentioned link and I think it fits in well with this blog.

"Another way we might think about potential literature is via an analogy with potential and kinetic energy. If potential energy is stored in an object, then we might say that potential literature is embedded within a language. In the first case, the field of gravity would determine an object’s potential energy; in the case of literature, the field of memory would determine a work’s potentiality. Pushing the analogy further, we can compare the conversion of potential energy into kinetic energy to the conversion of potential literature into real texts. In physics, that conversion is expressed through motion, in literature it is expressed through two related ludic activities, both of them realized at the level of the letter: the crafts of writing and reading with volition."

The quote speaks primarily of Oulipo however I think it can be said of many forms of experimental writing. While I am happy that Ouilpo has so much interest, I am a bit envious due to be believing that there could be a lot more experimentation with "Substitution in Mathematical Poetry" as well. While both are forms of experimental writing the approach language very differently even though I see both being rooted in formal science.

See "Disappearing Context" to add clarity to the images below.

Two similar triangles poems solved for money.

The two equations are set equal to each other

Sunday, April 24, 2011


I have been proposing this idea for years - I am glad someone is going to make it happen. Check out MoMath's web page here

Saturday, April 23, 2011

LitWorld In Celebration Of Poetry Month 2011

LitWorld invites you to add your voice to the Global Poem for Change at http://litworld.org/poem in celebration of Poetry Month 2011. Help our words soar around the world! Writer Naomi Shihab Nye has started off the poem with the first line: I send my words out into the air, listening for yours from everywhere. What comes next?

I contributed see below

Here is my contribution to the poem:

The accelerating Spiritual Tolerance of the world is equal to the change between your radiating atonement, to my radiating atonement divided by the change of continuously smaller increments of time.

Friday, April 22, 2011

14 Holidays Every Math Major Must Know

14 Holidays Every Math Major Must Know -click here

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The difference between Art and Science

Many of you know how I have been working on describing the differences between art and math - In the last few months it has become more and more solidified in my mind what the difference is - They have many things in common but it is the following statement that underscores their main difference.

The difference between the arts and sciences is that the former is cultural and the later is universal.

The above declaration is really an affront to the theory that most aesthetic expressions are polyaesthetic in nature. That is they contain facets or elements of more than one aesthetic category. Yet I believe that the categories of the sciences have its intentions in the universal even if it cannot be achieved at a philosophical level. Granted, I believe that the social sciences have the most difficult job achieving this goal. The physicist, David Bohm once said that physics is not interested in truth, yet, only interested in correlating experience. I believe that this experience that he talks about is an experience correlated across cultures. Human intentions are not to make sciences that work only for Tunisians, French or the Chinese. I have never seen a scientific paper that claims that these results only correlate experience for Canadians; although, if this were the case then the expression must be classified as art not science. Of course one can write a scientific paper for ones peer group (culture), but the ideas expressed ‘to’ that culture are not saying that they correlate experience solely ‘for’ that culture. If the “scientific” expression has cultural aspects then it becomes a polyaesthetic expression and contains aspects of art and is not fully scientific. (My point of course is that I doubt that anything is purely science or purely art)
When it comes to art one must know something of its culture to "get inside it" I purpose that when artists claim that art is universal they are really pointing at a scientific facet that is embedded in the cultural expression. Art history is full of examples of cultural expressions of pointing at social science archetypes.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Truth in Art

Truth in art is not accepted on aesthetics grounds but accepted on psychological and philosophical grounds. Yet, that is not to say that the aesthetics of truth is not beautiful.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

David Zwirner presents Proofs and Refutations

Although I am surprised that Benar Venet was left out of this show; there is a new show at David Zwirner in NYC addressing math and art - check out the link here

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Top 50 Blogs Award

I am happy to report that this Blog just received a new award as one of the top 50 blogs from Online Academic Educators THANKS!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Tao Of Campbell

Here is a polyaesthetic proportional poem titled "The Tao Of Campbell"
To understand how proportional poems work click here
Dreams are to personal myths as myth is to cultural dream.

Here is a detail of the image:

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Singularity (Polyaesthetic)

Here is a polyaesthetic version of the proportional poem titled "Singularity"

Here is a detail view from the piece titled "Singularity"

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