I am writing a book, ‘The Fine Art of Physics,’ about the
historical importance of crossovers between the arts and sciences and the
resulting knowledge breakthroughs that occur at the intersection of
disciplines. The following list
summarizes the paintings in the book.
How to Illustrate a
usual method, measuring angles and that sort of thing,
– art form representing or symbolizing ideas and concepts with immense
power to illustrate complex ideas and concepts. It conveys its hidden
message through symbolic figures, actions and imagery
– Usually, a poster is designed to get attention and deliver a clear,
concise message. It is easily readable, with a straightforward quickly
understood message, and no extraneous words or illustrations. But
sometimes posters are supposed to make you think… by starting with
unsolved problems, or puzzles with no answers. They are intended as art.
Art posters are not easily read, may be ambiguous, and may contain all
sorts of apparently extraneous stuff. Four posters showing ‘Tangential
process of creative ideation, industrial design and invention’
The steps I followed in compiling these ‘sustainable
technology’ posters, were described in my March 20 post.
As shown in this third example, these steps are:
find a new source of power
factors: collaged word pattern
4.transform: combine with a rectenna and
move to remote location...A rectenna is something I’d never heard of, but
apparently it's a rectifying antenna, used to convert microwave energy
into direct current electricity.
solar panels (Needless to say, I can’t claim to be the first to think up this
This painting is based on a photograph by Kiana Hayeri in
the March 2014 issue of the Globe & Mail Report on Business magazine.
The photograph, showing the Kabul
skyline now dominated by cellphone towers, illustrated an article, the theme of
which was that the most successful aspect of the Western intervention in Afghanistan may
turn out to be a Canadian-run cellphone company. Like most of what we are shown of Afghanistan, the photo was ‘not a pretty sight,’ but I liked its composition, so here’s my interpretation
Charlene Brown is a Canadian painter who started writing about painting trips during the ten years she and her husband lived in Dubai. The Gulf Weekly began publishing her accounts of painting trips in that part of the Arabian peninsula -- then said they might consider other countries, even such exotic locations as Canada! She had written about painting trips in over twenty countries by the time her husband retired and they returned to Canada to live.