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17 Jan 2019

Geometry and art comes together through University exhibition

An exhibition at the University focusing on geometry is now on display, which features the original works of two artists.

Inspired by Geometry – led by the Institute of Advanced Studies - traces the unifying thread of geometric influences that binds together art, design and mathematics.

The exhibition forms part of the IAS’s Geometry theme, one of the Institute’s three key strands during the 2018/2019 academic year.

The photographs by Jonathan Meuli form part of a major project that explores aspects of the redevelopment of London leading up to the London 2012 Olympics. They examine the geometry of the urban environment during construction, using transformations of colour and composition to express the nature of objects in our surroundings through a two-dimensional medium.

Karen Westland is a silversmith and physicist who draws on both sources in creating her Infinity Bowls. In these pieces, the mathematical simplicity of the sphere is contrasted with an intricate geometry that is reminiscent of complex engineered structures.

In addition, special mathematical surfaces have been brought to life in a collaboration between Loughborough Design School and the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Here, computer-aided design and additive manufacturing technologies have turned abstract mathematical equations into tangible realities, revealing their hidden beauty.

Inspired by Geometry is available to view in the Martin Hall exhibition area and is open from now until Thursday 31 January between the hours of 12pm-2pm.

The exhibition is free to visit and all are welcome. No advance booking is required.

For more information, please contact Zoe Chritchlow by emailing or calling 01509 228593.