Ashley Zelinskie

I start to enjoy looking for artists that embrace mathematics and show us wonderful mathematical properties through their work. This time I have Ashley Zelinskie. She is an artist based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work blurs the lines between art and technology, and spans a variety of media from sculpture to computer programs. After receiving a degree in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, Ashley began to experiment with the pairing of artistic media and technology.

She says the following about her work:

For thousands of years artists have been rubbing pigment on fabric with brushes made from the hair of animals. Painting remains relevant, but modern technology presents a whole new palette of artistic options. There are so many new inventions geared toward creation and artists aren’t using them. My work is bridging the divide between art and technology, and tools such as 3d printers,  Google Glass, and the internet are as powerful in studios as they are in offices.

The Reverse Abstraction series combines humanity and technology in an incredible way. She makes objects that can be understood by computers as much as by people. This is because most of her sculptures are made from text, which in fact is code. If a computer were to read that code it would see the object you can see. This is art a human and a robot/computer can enjoy.

Here are some of her projects:

1. Geometry – attempts to bridge the gap by constructing traditional objects in dual forms: as the classical object and as the hexadecimal and binary codes that represent them: 

2. Platonic Solids – “by using hexadecimal code to construct each of the five platonic solids, and by placing them at five different locations around the globe, these foundational shapes and their universal import will be made perceivable to all of our descendants, both human and machines”:

 3. Math Art – Math is the universal  language of the universe. Art is the universal visual language of humans.”: 

 Hope you enjoyed this post about an incredible artist, that understands art in a different and unique way. I wish I can see more like this. What do you think about her idea to make art for future robots? The question is old (is you have read enough science fiction books on the robot-topic; my favorite series is The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov, or I, Robot by Asimov), but technology is evolving.

All the photos and information are from her official website. Hope you liked this post and that you had a great day. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Thank you for reading and enjoy your week. You can find me on Facebook,  Tumblr,  Google+,   Twitter  and  Instagram. Don’t forget that maths is everywhere!

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  1. They’re lovely sculptures, though I’m not sure I can buy them as art that computers would appreciate. The scheme used to encode the pattern depends on the exact specifics of how this system was set up, after all. To a new generation of code the numbers would just be random, or something like it.


    1. I understand what you want to say and I have the same feeling, but I would like to imagine it can still be made. The artist says that she used binary and hexadecimal systems, and that these systems will always be used in computer science. I am not much of a computer person, I just know basic things, so not 100% sure she is right.


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