Leonardo Da Vinci
When thinking of the traslation of four dimensions into three dimensions, this drawing came to mind, since it is a translation of 3D into 2D. In real-time stereo three dimensional graphics, the translation goes from 4D to 3D.
Jesus Soto worked with monumental sculptures based on bidimensional slices and optical illusions. His artwork was on display in his native Venezuela's jungles. Some smaller pieces can be found in museums worldwide. He died in 2005.
One can imagine the shadows and reflections produced by the materials he used, and the forms he built in interesting dialog with the surrounding nature.
Francisco Méndez Labbé
In 1987, as part of the School of Architecture program on "travesías", Professor Méndez and four students ventured into the blooming desert in the north of Chile. There, we assisted on building a "pintura no albergada", which may loosely be translated as "non sheltered painting". With the changing colors of the surrounding mountains, the painting was but a form against the desert wind.
"De la Modernidad en el Arte" March, 1993.
http://www.artchive.com/artchive/S/schwitters.html (bio in english)
In 1989, the chilean sculptor Claudio Girola, our design professor at the School of Architecture of the Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, built an homage to Schwitters' Merzbau at the end of the semester. The construction seemed to be breaking through the floor and growing through the roof of the classroom.
Johann Otto von Spreckelsen
Paris to the fourth dimension.
Odd Lots: leftover spaces:
Matta-Clark would split and carve houses due for demolition.
Char Davies started as a paiter drawing reflective objects. Her virtual reality environments carried on this theme. I learned of her work through WIRED magazine and wrote to her after giving a presentation in ciber@rt '96 (Valencia, Spain). She was kind enough to invite me to CAiiA in 1997 and complimented my presentation, yet I was overwhelmed to be able to utter any words back to her. Damn.
http://www.virtual-worlds.net/vw98/watson.htm Her art deals with dynamic shadows and reflections in VR. Margaret Watson studied at evl and taught advanced courses in VR, spent time at Ars Electronica, taught in Denmark, and last I heard she was in the West Coast. I was late to get to study with her, but was lucky to be able to run a piece she developed while at evl, Galactica Intergalaxia, many times.
Alicia Boole Stott, the mother of polytopes
John M. Sullivan