Wk 13 – Conversations – Marty Knop


As I walked into the Werby Gallery, I was confused yet captivated by these works. I thought they were made so cool in design, even though it was not the conventional art I am used to seeing. It was very media-esque and digital, but very visually pleasing. Basically, it was art that I have never laid eyes on before.

Meeting Marty Knop, he made thought-provoking points about art and intelligence. He believes that people who are exposed to science, math, and technology at a young age should also be exposed to creativity in art, and that young artists should also expose themselves to math and science as well. He also believes that society needs to get rid of the paradigm where creativity and technology are split; that’s having a left brain vs. right brain idea. He thankfully adds that there is a newer growing generation of artists who are exposing themselves to mathematical and technological ideas from the beginning. 

In creating his visualizations, Marty had to know a few things about mathematics and engineering because he had to work with programs specific to that to form his pieces. He had to take a night class at UCLA for calculus for this, but with no credit, because he wanted to focus on the intellectual value of what he was learning and use it with his art rather than care about a grade. 

This follows another point he has made where engineers and artists should take the time to learn the intellectual value that they are working hard in, as well as find intellectual value in other areas not familiar to them (artists with math, etc). He says that math is abstracting concepts and not being smart and sadly, people who are good at math are just good test-takers (which I firmly believe as well). Math is another form of design and information that can be expressed through different means, besides what your textbook teaches you. 

His exhibit is basically art and math combined. Art is expressing some sort of meaning and math is the information that is able to create that art into a language, according to Knop.


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