Gerhard Hotter

Nuremberg, Germany

For more than 30 years I have been researching the pictorial and poetic potentials of mathematical structures. Mathematics is a fundamental part of our lives. Even if you don’t see it on the surface, it is there. Today almost nothing works without it. But it’s the more playful part of mathematics—mathematics for its own sake—that attracts me.

Using geometric forms and patterns in my work seems a logical consequence of my interest in mathematical systems. And these forms and patterns display the particular beauty of mathematics.

For several years I composed modular pictures in which I systematically examined combinations of squares divided by straight lines into geometric shapes like triangles, squares and rectangles. The viewer was invited to participate in composing the pictures by combining or making changes in the placement of the rearrangeable modules.

Currently my focus is on the mathematical Langford Sequences and on the number Pi (3.14159 …). In my work I explore different ways to show the beauty and poetic aspects of these number sequences.

In my visual explorations, I move between a closed system—the Langford Sequences—and an open system—Pi. The mathematics of these sequences offers me an inexhaustible source of formal variety.

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