A kinetic-static sculpture of eccentric rings are created to visualize its structural stability and instability. The large ring responds to external forces and transitions to be unstable. The kinetic-static contrast is shown in a video clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1U7XEEImd8, it demonstrates stainless steel’s dimensional characteristics.
An ephemeral paper art is conceptualized out of fluid dynamics. Water’s capillary force is harnessed to drive a flower’s wilting process. The dimensional reduction from 3D to 2D is captured in a video clip, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53WmlgvTZbA .
Camarillo, CA - Studio Channel Islands Art Center received a grant from Edison International for its Origami Math Genius (OMG) and other educational programs. The grant enables OMG classes for local students and teachers in Ventura county, it advances education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). Corporate philanthropy represents community involvement in education, it is critical to youth success.
OMG is a curriculum of origami math developed for integrating art and science in K-12 education. As illustrated in the example, an origami cup is designed mathematically, a crease pattern, the design output, is then printed out to guide the paper folding. The 2D to 3D transformation develops spatial reasoning and intelligence, origami’s benefit in education has been well documented. More information on OMG can be found at http://www.bijian.com/omg.html
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was a Dutch master in painting. His photo-realistic techniques before photography era have long been a source of debate. Recent research articles, books, and movies have shed light on Vermeer’s use of optical aid in his painting.
How did Vermeer paint ? Was his use of optics ingenious or cheating? Those questions will be addressed in a new course, Science and Art Integration, at CSU Channel Islands’ Extended University. Artist BiJian Fan will lead a discussion on the evolving relationship between science and art, art advanced by science, and science established based on art. The class will be offered in winter 2015. For enrollment information, please call 805 437-2748.
BiJian’s kinetic sculpture is designed with loose ends, they symbolize a need to break loose from a particular constraint. The sculpture responds to surrounding environment and moves intermittently. The constant shift between equilibrium and motion represents impermanence, an essential doctrine in Buddhism.