Concinnitas, a suite of ten prints by ten scientists and mathematicians, printed by Harlan and Weaver, is the brainchild of Robert Feldman, Parasol Press’s founder, director, project concocter.
When Feldman serendipitously encountered Daniel Rockmore, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dartmouth College, on an airplane flight, Feldman was able to put this dream project into action through Rockmore’s connections and knowledge.
From 2012 and 2014, ten scientists and ten mathematicians, including two Nobel laureates and five Field Medalists, were each commissioned to create a print of the mathematical expression most meaningful to them, and thus, the Concinnitas Project was born and became a reality. Each of the participants not only made a drawing, which became a print, each also made a statement about the equation they selected as the most beautiful to render.
The Renaissance scholar, artist and architect, Leon Battista Alberti used the term Concinnitas to connote the beauty found in the confluence of perfect uses of number, position and outline.
To date the Concinnitas Suite has been shown at the Yale Art Gallery, venues in Cologne, Zurich, Seattle, and Portland. Upcoming shows of the suite will be at the Hood Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Union College. An article on Concinnitas will appear in the 2015 December issue of Scientific American.