Exhibition | Math and music make one-of-a-kind digital portraits at LA's stARTup Art Fair | Contemporary Art at The Kinney Venice Beach | Venice | Art Week

Math and music make one-of-a-kind digital portraits at LA's stARTup Art Fair

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Friday, 15 February 2019 to Sunday, 17 February 2019
Friday, 15 February 2019 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm

A self-described high school "math geek", Karen Hochman Brown chose to study art and has managed to merge her two passions into masterful digital creations of startling power and beauty. 

Los Angeles artist Karen Hochman Brown has married the flexibility of art and the precision of mathematics into a virtually unlimited paintbox. Hochman Brown will be premiering brand new work at the stARTup Art Fair, running February 15th to 17th at The Kinney Venice Beach. 

Hochman Brown turns portraits of people into synthesized pieces of visual music. Based on the model of the sound synthesizer, she creates custom brushes that play upon the photograph’s visual information in the same way that a synthesizer plays a riff of music. The computer assists the drawing process, generating brushstrokes that change based on color, shape, texture, luminance and other information found in the photo file, changes that include anything from the angel the stroke is applies to the actual structure of the brush. Her portraits are lively and colorful variations on the subject’s visage.

These inspiring works expand the boundaries of new media and technology-driven art with their lush and evocative depictions.

Artist ( Description ): 

Karen Hochman Brown received her B.A. in Art from Pitzer College, has continued to study math, and did post-graduate work at California College of the Arts and Crafts where her Master’s thesis introduced Construction Geometry via Art, a Junior High School curriculum she taught at Pasadena Waldorf School. She continued to study the interconnections of math and art via technology at UCLA studying graphic design in late-nineties. Her work has been widely exhibited in California and the United States.  

Venue ( Address ): 

737 West Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292

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