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(Images courtesy of David Kerr.)

COLLEGE STATION --

"A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas." -- G.H. Hardy, "A Mathematician's Apology"

As astutely quoted and duly noted within the Mathematical Imagery sub-section of the American Mathematical Society's website, the connection between mathematics and art is one that goes back thousands of years, as evidenced in countless iconic buildings and classical works throughout history.

This month at Texas A&M University, one need not travel any further than across campus to the Memorial Student Center's J. Wayne Stark Galleries to witness this connection personified in Texas A&M mathematician David Kerr.

Tuesday (Nov. 8) marked the official opening of Kerr's photography exhibition Reconfiguring Natures: Modern Architecture and the Picturesque. In 20 predominantly black and white prints, Kerr explores various facets of the 20th century inheritance of the legacy of the picturesque through his literal and figurative lens trained on a number of iconic projects as well as some lesser-known architectural works that challenge the more orthodox interpretations of modernism.

The exhibition -- one of three currently on display within the Stark Galleries -- integrates with the Ph.D. dissertation work of Maki Iisaka, a graduate student in the Texas A&M Department of Architecture and a 2014-15 Glasscock Graduate Research Fellow who is studying two of the architects represented in this exhibition.

Kerr, a faculty member in the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics since 2004, is widely respected for both his teaching and research related to dynamics, geometry, operator algebras, analysis and probability, and quantum theory. He received a master's of science (1995) and doctorate in mathematics (2001) from the University of Toronto after double-majoring in pure and applied mathematics and earning a bachelor's of mathematics with honors (1994) from the University of Waterloo.

Prior to coming to Texas A&M, Kerr was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tokyo (2001-2002) and the University of Rome (2002-2003) as well as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Münster in Germany (2003-2004). He later returned to the University of Tokyo as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellow (2004-2005) for part of his first year as an assistant professor at Texas A&M. Like many of his departmental colleagues, Kerr's research has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation since 2006.

During the past decade, Kerr has made extensive research visits throughout the world, spending time at a host of prestigious institutes and universities in Austria, Sweden, China, Germany, Japan, Spain, France and Scotland. He credits such travel as the basis for much of his exhibition work and for broadening both his professional and personal horizons.

Reconfiguring Natures runs through November 23 in the Stark Galleries, which are open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and from noon to 6 p.m. on weekends. For additional information, contact the Stark Galleries at (979) 845-8501.

To learn more about Kerr and his teaching and research as well as artwork, visit http://www.math.tamu.edu/~kerr/.

-aTm-

Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. David Kerr, (979) 845-7554 or kerr@math.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

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