(Un)Folding Patterns explores the role played by mathematical formulas, systems and algorithms in the creative processes of the featured artists:Drs. Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine, Joe Diebes, Michael Joaquin Grey, Kysa Johnson, Tristan Perich, Jane Philbrick, Thomas Ruff,Stephen Schaum, R. Justin Stewart, Stephen Talasnik, Vargas-Suarez Universal, Bernar Venet, and Susan Weinthaler. These artists' works span a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, wall-drawing, computational film, mixed media, and origami.
In some cases the connection to mathematics is immediately evident, depicting actual mathematical formulas, abstract shapes based on the interplay of mathematical curves, and images based on the decay patterns of subatomic particles. For others the relationship of their work with mathematics may not be as overt, but is nonetheless equally significant.
To many, mathematics and art could not stand on more different ground: one identifies with the left brain, the other with the right; one is analytical, the other creative. (Un)Folding Patterns asserts that both disciplines embody creative and analytical components that are essential elements of contemporary life.