Pau Atela’s (Re)Creations and MathStudio

September 12 – December 9 , 2018
Opening Reception Wednesday, September 12 , 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Red Spiral in Snow Pau Atela
What does it mean for the fields of art and math to intersect? This exhibition offers glimpses into the work of Pau Atela that show how bridges can indeed be built between these two worlds. Over the past two decades, Pau Atela, a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Smith College, has helped his students to understand the creative process involved between the art and math. He brings a sense of playfulness and experimentation to his work as both mathematician and artist, as he strives to unravel many difficult — and some unsolvable —problems.

Pau Atela
MathStudio is Atela’s ongoing creative studio space at Smith, focusing on process and dialogue between mathematics and art, where his students actively engage in the design and fabrication of 3-dimensional models that deal directly with aspects of mathematics. This exhibition will feature examples from Atela’s MathStudio teaching practice as well as his own artworks.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 12, 5 – 7:00 p.m.
Bob Feldman (owner of Parasol Press, Ltd., the publisher of The Concinnitas Portfolio) has donated The Concinnitas Portfolio to the UMCA collection in honor of Lois Torf (UMass alumna, renowned print collector, and UMCA patron). The Opening Reception will bring Bob Feldman to campus with Lois Torf to accept the honor.
Remarks by Daniel Rockmore, The Concinnitas Portfolio curator, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dartmouth College; Pau Atela, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Smith College; and Bob Feldman.


In conversation: “The Intersection of Art and Math” | Monday, October 29, 5:00 p.m.
What does it mean for the fields of art and math to intersect? Join us for a conversation about the relationship between mathematics and art. Mathematicians Daniel Rockmore (Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Dartmouth College) and Pau Atela (Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Smith College) will discuss how bridges can be built between these two worlds.

Daniel Rockmore does not see science walled off from other disciplines. He is the editor of a new book, What Are the Arts and Sciences?: A Guide for the Curious (Dartmouth College Press) and the curator of The Concinnitas Portfolio, an exhibition of prints, now on exhibition at the UMCA, based on mathematical expressions produced by eminent scientists and mathematicians as a “sampling of beautiful mathematics.”

During the past two decades, Pau Atela has helped his students at Smith understand the creative process involved between art and math. He brings a sense of playfulness and experimentation to his work as both a mathematician and anartist as he strives to unravel many difficult — and some unsolvable —problems. The exhibition Pau Atela’s (Re)Creations and MathStudio is currently on view alongside The Concinnitas Portfolio.

The conversation will be moderated by Bibiana Medkova (UMass MFA 2020 candidate), a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is at the intersection of installation, science, and curation. Medkova uses physics theories, in particle-wave forms, and mathematical infrastructures to facilitate research in physical and digital space.

Amherst Arts Night Plus/ Math Games with Josh Hornick | November 1, Thursday, 5-8

At 6:00 P.M. the “MathMan” — aka Joshua Hornick — will share a potpourri of artistic construction activities, puzzles, games, lessons, and (yes, even) mathematical magic tricks to build, puzzle on, play with, and (perhaps, even) stupefy and amaze the math-interested — from age 9 to 90! (We may delight even the not-so-mathematically interested.)

Josh Hornick is the founder of North Star: Self-directed Learning for Teens, and has a long history of teaching math and science!