Art and mathematics have been linked for millennia. Only relatively recently has there been a chasm created between the two.
And getting those two disciplines linked back together is one of the underlying themes of the SMART Contest.
Winners of the SMART contest were announced last week as part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest. Noted artist Jean Constant, who works out of Santa Fe, was on hand at Mesa Public Library Saturday to announce the winners.
Constant, whose works include a variety of digital compositions, said the line between mathematics and art, which had been drawn sharply since roughly World War I, is blurring again, in no small part to the advent of the computer.
“Math and art have always been one and the same,” he said. “Mathematics, 2,000, even 4,000 years ago used images to explain ideas to us, and to themselves, what they had…Digital art, in many ways, has an intensity, a quality that raised the bar and raised the aesthetic.”
This year’s SMART contest attracted 260 entries, those coming from almost every state in the union and nearly 30 different countries.
Constant said people around the world, including artists as well as scientists, knows what it means to compete in Los Alamos.