Reimann's Mathematical Art Captures Media Attention

August 28, 2015 | By John Perney

David Reimann, Studded Walnut, walnut veneer and brass fasteners, 2015 (courtesy of the artist)
David Reimann, Studded Walnut, walnut veneer and brass fasteners, 2015 (courtesy of the artist)

Works of art created by Albion College professor of mathematics and computer science David Reimann attracted coverage by The New Yorker this week.

The article in the Science & Tech section of the magazine's website looks at summer as a season of opportunity for researchers. "Free from the demands of teaching and admin, summer is playtime, a season to congregate for fun and fellowship and a time to get down to serious work," Siobhan Roberts writes.

Toward the end of her piece, she mentions Reimann's "bespoke polyhedra" at the 18th annual Bridges Conference in Baltimore. Reimann has attended the event since 2009 and in recent years has exhibited his work, including at last year's conference in Seoul, South Korea.

"It's always fun to be able to get together with other people who value the things you are doing," Reimann said, "but also it's inspiring to go because you see all kinds of different artworks, and you talk to interesting people. I think the main goal of being able to travel to a conference is to provide that intellectual stimulus that not only helps me with my research and creativity, but also is really kind of fun because I can bring that back to the classroom."

David Reimann, professor of mathematics and computer science, Albion CollegeOne of those classrooms is his First-Year Seminar this fall, Mathematics and Technology in the Arts, which he says draws heavily from information and ideas he has gathered at Bridges conferences. Reimann's interest in the applications of mathematics and computer science to art deepened after connecting with fellow mathematician and artist George Hart nearly a decade ago that led to the Comet! art installation in the Science Complex atrium in 2008.

Reimann (right), a member of Albion's faculty since 1996, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo, and his master's and doctoral degrees from Wayne State University. His research includes the historical development of symmetry, tessellations and interlace patterns and creating software to produce such patterns. Reimann has a particular interest in the artwork of M.C. Escher, and has traveled to the Netherlands and Spain to see his artwork, archival papers and influences on his work.

Read the story in The New Yorker

View David Reimann's artworks exhibited at the 2015 Bridges Conference