Ari Smith

Student of Math and Jazz Bass
Oberlin College and Conservatory
Oberlin, Ohio, USA

It was not until recently that I have explored the combination of my analytical and creative sides of my work, which I previously kept separated in line with my two college majors. With the help of Dr. Robert Bosch and others, I am developing ways to use my analytical methods as a tool for creative expression (both visual and musical), as well as use more creative lateral thinking in my mathematical problem solving.

Near Plane Crash
Near Plane Crash
4 x 20 x 20 cm
3d printed nylon plastic

"Near plane crash" is a piece that I designed in OpenSCAD and had printed by Shapeways in white plastic nylon. The piece is part of a series that investigates the concept of a plane peeling apart into checkerboard patterns, and the various possible interactions that can arise from it. Here, two strips lie in the same plane, one made from hollowed cubes, and the other from solid cubes, but instead of intersecting, they peel apart into checkerboards such that they arrange into two parallel planes that interlock perfectly without intersections. Inspirations for the work include the work of Bjarke Ingels and the M.C. Escher print "Two Intersecting Planes."