As a teenager, the most frustrating thing about high school math is the suspicion that you'll never use it in real life, but as an adult you realize that you were totally right. Snag art from the one guy who is still using cosine, Justin Kane Elder.
Using simple geometric shapes to create vividly colorful pop portraiture, Everett-born JKE creates depth by assembling countless individually colored pieces into complex oversize compositions, an effect sometimes enhanced by combining smaller surfaces into larger three dimensional canvases, a technique inspired in part by his study of sculpture at Cornish, also the most flattering description of your unidentifiable contribution to the family potluck.
Highly stylized portraits include the fuzzily pixelated Chels in which the spike-haired subject seems almost on the verge of dematerializing; a shadowy lo-rez self-portrait dominated by blue/purple squares; and more famous subjects like a sparkling-blue robed Macho Man Randy Savage complete with a swirling-ly pastel boa to add some (Ric) Flair.
Other artiness ranges from a more traditional take on a smiling red-sweater'd Mr. Rogers, to an inky purple/black Southwest desert scene spread across 17 panels (brightened only by a sign for Taco Time), to an 8-bit Arnold For President poster boasting a black and white shot from Predator, which makes sense considering how politicians tend to drone. And hunt humans for sport.
JKE plans to drop a newly designed, e-store equipped website soon, but for now you can hit him up directly for prints or originals, or see his work at French-taurant Gainsbourg starting tonight as part of the Greenwood Artwalk held every 2nd Friday, which according to the math is 7 days af... carry the Friday... well, anyway, it starts tonight.