Have you met…Robert Bean?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and other I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Robert Bean, and he was recommended to me by Becka Viau.

Fold 5-12 Photography; Inkjet Print, 2007

Fold 5-12 Photography; Inkjet Print, 2007

Robert Bean is an artist, writer and teacher living in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he moved to Nova Scotia in 1976 to pursue a career in contemporary art and education. He obtained a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) in 1978, and an MA in Cultural Studies from the university of Leeds, England in 1999. He is currently an Associate Professor at NSCAD University. Bean has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and New Zealand.

Equation 4 Photography; Inkjet Print, 2011

Equation 4 Photography; Inkjet Print, 2011

“The photographs titled Equations are exploratory images of the De Lagrange Mathematical Model’s in the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. The models date to 1872 and were used as visual aids for teaching the descriptive geometry of Engineering. Many of the existing models are now worn and damaged. The coloured strings and brass armatures that were intended to offer a linear representation of geometric structure have become unintended representations of knot theory and complexity. Equations is a visual exploration into obsolescence, topology, non-linear structure and complexity. In topology, the study of mathematical knots has provided vital insight to the study and theory of complex structures and systems.”

The Place Of Thomas Nash In The Learning Of His Time Photography; Inkjet Print, 2011

The Place Of Thomas Nash In The Learning Of His Time Photography; Inkjet Print, 2011

“Illuminated Manuscripts is a project about writing, archives and photography. The images that comprise Illuminated Manuscripts are from documents in the Marshall McLuhan Fonds at the Library and Archives of Canada.”

Other material relating to Robert Bean.

NSCAD Bio: Robert Bean.

Wikipedia: Robert Bean

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