Antonio Cortez - CODAME Featured Artist
Title: Elliptical Field
Medium: Archival pigment inks on paper
Artwork available at DEFCON x CODAME for a Silent Auction
"I use the language of mathematics to help me visualize and formulate complex geometries that are visually compelling and physically arresting. This project allows me to bring full circle an education in Materials Science Engineering with a passion for Visual Arts.
My creative process is one of explorations and findings. I start by formulating a mathematical equation for which I can forecast its corresponding geometry. I use graphing software to solve the equation and create intersecting functions that explore principles of abstract mathematics. I modify the functions until they produce an intriguing shape in a specific region of space. Eventually a construction emerges that corresponds to a given physical phenomena that I have set out to represent. I rotate it, explore it, colored it, light it and document it in many different ways. I finally create prints on paper or on aluminum panels for the most intriguing construction’s views. I also create exploratory videos for each set of functions.
The different geometries that I come across, sometimes, direct me to see applications of these mathematical functions in Art, Architecture, and even Quantum Physics. I draw inspiration mostly from physics (gravitational and magnetic fields, string theory, relativity and optics) and chemistry (macromolecules, and organic constructions). The results are commonly associated to different Art movements and seen to have potential applications in contemporary architecture and 3D technology.”
Antonio is a multimedia artist known for developing Mathematical Formulations in the Service of Art, a series of renderings and prints that explores geometries from abstract mathematical functions and their intersection with art. He has developed the 3D i-Ching project a tribute to John Cage’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2013.
An avid photographer, Cortez also spends studio time working with medium format cameras. In his latest body of work titled ‘Evening Auctions”, Cortez carefully constructs hyper-realistic still-life settings that reference pop art, consumerism, fashion, and culture. The objects in the photographs depict metaphors of daily modern rituals and contemporary iconography. In the artist’s words: “the photographs are snapshots of life happening around me. They are self referential, but global in scope.”