Crystal Method
January 2007
40''x28'' (101cm x 71cm)
Blackboard paint, chalk, acrylic paint, acrylic glaze on canvas
The Sun Will Kill You
January 2007
40''x28'' (101cm x 71cm)
Blackboard paint, acrylic on canvas
Primitive Operation
January 2007
40''x28'' (101cm x 71cm)
Blackboard paint, acrylic on canvas

Three paintings inspired by the work of conceptual artist Pat Infanti (aka Π), who is based in Huddersfield, UK. I bought one of her paintings, which comprised a tribal print pattern in the top half, and some lines of mathematics in the bottom half. This was such a clever and original idea, I decided to produce a few of my own along similar lines.

In Crystal Method, we've got paint drips mimicking crystal growth, and Coxeter Diagrams which classify all the finite crystallographic reflection groups.

In The Sun Will Kill You, the bottom panel is a sequence of digits from pi which has been selected to contain six successive "9"s, which becomes two sequences of 666 when viewed upside-down. Additionally, several digits have been reversed. The top panel is open to interpretation, and I don't want to go into it.

In Primitive operation, we're back on safer ground. Straightforwardly, the bottom half is the Sieve of Eratosthenes, used to find the prime numbers. In the top half, long paint drips run up the canvas. They all start out as primary colours, but as they run into one another and mix, secondary and tertiary colours are formed.