Posted in communication and networking, electronic imaging and displays

Jackson Pollock: loved or scorned by mathematicians everywhere

For art historians and museum folks, authenticating a Jackson Pollock painting can be hard. I mean, it’s just splatters on a canvas.

Not so, according to several different computer analyses. There is actually a method to Pollock’s madness. SPIE Newsroom has the latest article on the subject.

This painting is an example of work that has been debated as to whether or not it is or is not Pollock. “Teri Horton purchased [the painting] for $5.00 in a thrift shop in San Bernadino (CA) in the early 1990s. Although some art scholars have attributed this painting to Pollock, others have contested or rejected this notion.”

The authors of the SPIE Newsroom article hope to answer the question.

Posted in museum

Science Gallery

A quick blurb about the Science Gallery on Trinity Dublin College’s campus in Ireland. This news article was featured on SPIE Newsroom around the first 90 days of the Science Gallery’s launch. The Science Gallery has since gone on to have exhibits on medicine, fashion, and a variety of other topics. I read about this exhibit space and almost immediately became a member, although I live in Washington State and doubt I’ll be hopping over to Dublin anytime soon. This model of science, art, and social interaction together in one space is worth experimenting with, and I will be interested to see what successes and failures this space has and how it evolves over time.

Posted in Solar and Alternative Energy

New Light

Written for SPIE Newsroom, this article features artist Sarah Hall and her work True North/Lux Nova, a stained glass window that incorporates solar cells into its design. The window acts as both a passive and active heating and lighting system for the Regent College, University of British Columbia’s underground library.

More information about Sarah’s work is available at her website. A story featured in SPIE Professional that discusses a variety of applications of photonics and optics to the art world, and vice versa, is available to SPIE members here