Archival Digital Print, 19" x 13.6", 2008.
Totem represents the frontier, the uncharted, the often surprising and almost mystic nature of mathematical discovery. The totem is composed of ellipsoids ((x^2/a^2)+(y^2/b^2)+(z^2/c^2))=1, ray-trace rendered over an algorithmically generated fractal sky scape. Atmospheric effects were calculated as well such as scattering, moisture etc. The totem signifying the last guidepost to the unknown.
Harry Benke, Freelance Artist / Mathematician, Visual Impact Analysis LLC, Novato, California.
"I'm primarily an artist. My shadow is mathematics. I'm helpless at preventing mathematics from intruding into my artwork and it is inspiring to have the body of mathematics to work with. I use the framework of the natural world to link the mathematical elements. My art attempts to balance the Birkoff M = O/C and it's consequential minimalism with more complexity to create a satisfying aesthetic experience."