Christopher Hanusa

Professor of Mathematics
Queens College of the City University of New York
Queens, New York, USA

I use computational software to design images and sculpture inspired by the inherent beauty of mathematics. I am inspired by mathematical concepts, research topics, and found math. When I create art I work to understand the underlying theory, implementing it through algorithms, and honing the aesthetics to appeal to and reach a greater population.

I ask: How can I develop an algorithm to expand the seed of an idea into a general phenomenon? How can I take a concept from the two-dimensional world and represent it faithfully in three dimensions? What is the artistic relationship between randomness and deliberation?

Cellular Artwork
50 x 50 cm
Digital Image on Watercolor Paper

These images are part of a collection of cellular artwork inspired by a collaboration with artist Emily Garfield. The colors are randomly generated by sampling from color distributions that mimic Garfield's palettes.

Flower Map (2019) - This piece is an artistic rendering of the dual of the heptagonal tiling of the hyperbolic plane.

Generative Map (2019) - Random cell placement results in the asymmetric quality of this piece.

Colorful Vortex (2019) - The characteristic square vortex in this piece mirrors a recent configuration of points by Edmund Harriss.

Autumn Leaves (2020) - This piece has a triangular symmetry and bulges from the center.