Two Dimensions
π live from memory in paintings and drawings

Evan Daniel: 2D
BREAKTHROUGH | 2014 | 12" * 12" | Conte on panel, π written from memory to 8,000 digits.
Evan Daniel: 2D
SCHRODINGER | 2014 | 24" * 36" | Pen on canvas, π written from memory to 9,500 digits.
A photograph was copied using a grid and computer image processing for reference.
Evan Daniel: 2D
PAUL DIRAC | 2013 | 12" * 12" | Acrylic and pencil on panel, π written from memory to 10,000 digits.
The digits are arranged in a 100*100 grid. No measuring devices were used to align the grid.
Evan Daniel: 2D
LEONARD SUSSKIND | 2014 | 12" * 12" | Acrylic and pencil on panel, π written from memory to about 3,500 digits.

Leonard Susskind is a contemporary physicist known for his straightforward manner of explaining complicated concepts.
Evan Daniel: 2D
MONOCHROME | 2004 and 2014 | 22" * 26" | Oil on canvas, π written from memory to 2,000 digits.
The monochrome underpainting originated from 2004. π was painted over it a decade later.
Evan Daniel: 2D
FLAG | 2013 | 24" * 18" | Oil on canvas, π written from memory.
Evan Daniel: 2D
GREEN-BROWN | 2013 | 24" * 18" | Oil on canvas, π written from memory.
Evan Daniel: 2D
WOMAN RECLINING | 2016 | 18" * 24" | Oil on paper, 400 digits of π mapped in color from memory


In a series of drawings, I wrote π live from memory to draw images.

In BREAKTHROUGH I wrote π in a grid, while varying the darkness of each digit to draw an image by hand. The still shot is taken from the 1998 movie π.

Here, I wrote π from memory while varying the space between digits to draw light and dark areas. Unlike the previous drawing, I here used computer image processing to determine the placement of each digit. Erwin Schrodinger was an early twentieth century physicist who did foundational work in Quantum Mechanics.

My interest in the history of science resulted in a series of paintings depicting physicists.

Paul Dirac was a physicist who played a key role in early Quantum Mechanics. He was obsessed with the mathematical beauty of physics, saying "I like to play about with equations, just looking for beautiful mathematical relations which maybe don’t have any physical meaning at all. Sometimes they do."

My background in painting led to a series contrasting the ethereality of π with the physicality of oil paint.

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