David Reimann

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Albion College
Albion, Michigan

I am interested in mathematical patterns that convey a message at multiple levels or scales. I enjoy creating art that uses text to form geometric patterns and geometric patterns that form text. I am also very interested in using tessellations as the basis of interesting patterns.

Kepler Constellation
Kepler Constellation
21 inches x 17 inches
Laser-cut Paper

This artwork is a rendering of an anonymous portrait of the mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) as stars set in a lattice of regular hexagons. Areas of lightness and darkness in the original portrait are converted to dodecagons. Darker regions are rendered with sharp six-pointed stars. Lighter regions are rendered using regular dodecagons. Intermediate gray levels are rendered with a polygonal shape that varies between the sharp star and the dodecagon. These shapes were laser-cut in black paper and set in a back-lit frame.