This Week in CFD

Your lucky Friday the 13th Edition


The Case for STEAM (In which A stands for Art)

“In this busy age of industry and greed, we are all liberally tarred with the stick of commercialism. It tinctures our acts and judgments, and all but blinds us to the fact that we have time for anything but business.”

Overwork. Lack of (or is it myth of?) work-life balance. We’ve all probably felt this way at one time or another. But take heed. These sentiments are from an article originally written in 1910.

Over a century ago. What’s old is new again. The more things change the more they stay the same. Makes one wonder how we make any progress at all. Or probably more accurately, we should take a broader, more reasoned view of popular issues du jour. [Millennials anyone?]

What was the original author’s point? “In the foregoing I have sought to point out that the engineer’s inclinations and vocation cause him to ignore the creations generalized under the name of art; that such ignorance deprives him not only of a vast pleasure, but a positive benefit; and that he actually needs this benefit in his daily work.” [Ladies, please pardon the pronouns; I simply cut and paste. Take into account the vintage.]

Presented for your “vast pleasure and positive benefit” is a Ding Yi painting from his solo exhibition Ivory Black at ShangART Singapore. Some insight is provided by Daily Serving (where I first encountered Yi’s work): “Stripped of intellectual backwash, Ding’s canvases are simply cleverly interwoven threads of pure color, a sublime configuration of grids and crosses in which subject and object can lose themselves.”

Ding Yi, Appearance of Crosses 2013-3.

Ding Yi, Appearance of Crosses 2013-3.

P.S. If you prefer more science in your art/science sandwich, see Scientific American’s SciArt Week.

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