Wk 13 – Artist Interview – Marty Knop

This week I interviewed Marty Knop. His exhibit was pretty interesting. The name of the exhibit was pretty hard to pronounce, Icosikaihenagon. Don’t know what that means but his exhibit had a lot of print art. Marty loves math, and who knew that you could contribute math into art by not only shapes, but formulas. He stated, “When you know a lot of math, you can turn it into a lot of different things and make new stuff using it as an element.” I thought of this statement to be very interesting because I never would have thought that math and art could go hand and hand. He uses a computer program to create his art. He wanted to do something and express math in an artistic type of way. Which I thought was pretty cool. Knop says that because there are infinite solutions for infinite math problems, it becomes necessary to have a database for them. He started out experimenting with simple geometric shapes such as triangles and used mostly black and white color. He started using random patterns because he says they are much more interesting than say a checkerboard pattern. Knop says that a lot of his viewers do not comprehend what his art means or what is the story behind his masterpieces, but he says that’s the point. He wants his viewers to think outside the box. Even though many of his pieces do not necessarily have a specific meaning he would the viewers them to continue to think, which is something we all have to do in math, non-stop thinking. After seeing Knop’s work, the wide, random array of colors incorporated was very noticeable. Curious if he chose the colors at random or if there was a process in choosing which colors to use, I asked him how he chose the colors. He responded saying that he generally bases his color choices on cost effectiveness, given that some colors are more expensive than others. But also, he said that with digital printing, the color choices are endless so he must limit himself for coherence. A process he described was that he would have 3 different color choices at 3 different areas of a piece to see what fits. On the larger paintings it took him up to about 3 weeks to complete, while the smaller ones, obviously it took him less time. He added that generally, it requires a week for him to print the piece and to see how it looks and another two weeks for other artistic considerations. These considerations may include making changes in the use of color, design, or shape. I particularly enjoyed hearing his explanation on the meaning of his art, which helped me understand that some art, though it may be for generally aesthetic purposes, it is that goal to create an aesthetically stimulating piece that is its message.

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