theories of both time and space

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MetaForms and MetaNudes etcetera, by author JD SAGE, was written as an art piece to document and address the use of transformations, numbers, symbols and the element of time in art.


Educated laypersons interested in art history, the application of mathematics to art and how the arts and sciences interface. Computer artists. Scientists and mathematicians with an interest in the humanities. Professors teaching interdisciplinary courses in both the humanities and the sciences. Instructors of art techniques and the use of digital methodology.


“MetaForms” details the use of transformations, numbers and symbols in art using examples of JD Sage’s own art work and by referencing images from the Paleolithic, Neolithic and Renaissance and Modern periods. Sage also describes examples of rock art from his own field studies, including petroglyphs of Paleolithic age from the Côa Valley of northern Portugal as well as petroglyphs of Neolithic age from Helleristningene, Alta, in northern Norway. In addition to compelling historical evidence, the book delves into an ancient concept involving the use of time as a dimension in art. Much as the Cubists compressed space into a single plane, Sage explains, the “Timeist” concept in which time is compressed into a single instant. As an added bonus, the book includes a listing of the computer applications used to create many of the transformations discussed and describes the mathematical representation of these transforms. JD Sage has been involved in art for many decades and maintains a studio in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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