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Wed, 20 Oct 2010

The Root of the Root at Devotion Gallery

Root of the Root at Devotion Gallery

If you are in the Brooklyn area you have to check out this show. I definitely list Watz and Prudence among my inspirations and influences and Meyers work looks fantastic as well. Thanks to Miss Zapata for the heads up.

Generative Art by Marius Watz, Paul Prudence and Aaron Meyers

Opening 6pm on Friday, October 22nd. On view until Sunday November 21st 2010.
Marius Watz will be teaching a special workshop on Processing at
Devotion Mon Oct 18th – Tues Oct 26th.
More details >

This exhibition showcases three artists working with generative code
to create abstract and reactive works. Marius Watz and Paul Prudence
have been contributing to the dialogue for computational art since
2005 with seminal essays, some of the foremost blogs and
ground-breaking software. As a seminal member of the processing
community, Marius Watz has, in many ways, defined part of the
aesthetic associated with code-based art. Paul Prudence works with
VVVV and with visual feedback systems to create audio-visual
performances. Aaron Meyers is an artist and programmer using
generative strategies in the creation of software and moving image. He
is currently a fellow at the Eyebeam Art & Technology center where he
recently led the Visual Music Collaborative workshop in collaboration
with Ghostly International.

In generative art, works are created at least in part by some process
that is not under the artist’s direct control. Generative processes
have been applied to music, dance, and all forms of visual art over
thousands of years. With the advent of computers, complex digital
generative art has become one of the defining art forms of the
twenty-first century. While this art may harnesses the power of
computation to create work enacted via machine, the human originator
is ever present, even if acting by proxy. The works in this show
amalgamate the organic and the methodical, seducing with pattern,
texture and beauty.


Marius Watz
Works: Blocker, sound-reactive software piece
Materials: Realtime software, PC speakers or headphones
Size: Variable (32” screen)

Artist Statement: Marius Watz is an artist using software processes to
explore visual abstraction. His work is known for its bold colors and
hard-edged geometries.

Biography:  Watz (NO) has lectured and exhibited his work
internationally at venues that include Künstlerhaus (Vienna),
Fondation Vasarely (Provence), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Itau
Cultural (Sao Paulo) and Club Transmediale (Berlin). He is a lecturer
at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

Aaron Meyers
Works: 5 generative laser-etched wood pieces
Materials: Laser-etched birch plywood
Size: 3 x 30”x16”, 2 x 16”x16”

Artist Statement: Often interactive, Aaron's work playfully forges
rich perceptual experience through the manipulation of generative
systems, physical simulation, data and media. Using a laser cutter and
custom software written in Processing, Aaron's work on plywood pulls
into sharp focus the interaction of complex line work with the organic
burning process.

Biography: Currently a fellow at the Eyebeam Art & Technology Center,
Aaron's work has been shown at Ars Electronica (Linz), the Performa
Biennial (New York), Fondation Cartier (Paris), Eyebeam MIXER (New
York), Wired NextFest (New York), and Where 2.0 (San Francisco). As a
teacher, Aaron has taught at UCLA Design|Media Arts and led the Visual
Music Collaborative workshop at Eyebeam in creative partnership with
Ghostly International.

Paul Prudence
Works: Autotroph series 4 x b/w prints & Bioacoustic Study [Video,10mins]
Materials:  Prints: Archival Ink Jet.  Video: HD mp4
Size: 25” x 25” including frame.

Artist Statement: Paul Prudence is an artist and real-time visual
performer working with generative and computational systems. He is
particularly interested in the ways in which sound, space and form can
be synthaesthetically amalgamated.

Biography: Paul has performed and lectured at various international
shows, festivals and conferences globally including: The International
Symposium for Electronic Arts, Dortmund; Quartz Electronic Music
Festival, Paris; Sonic Acts XIII, Amsterdam; Artware 5, Lima;
Hacktronic, Boston; Art.ficial Emotion, Sao Paulo and Decibelio,

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Sun, 03 Oct 2010

Postmodern Modernist Art Generator Updated in 2010!

Postmodern Modernist

Postmodern Modernist featured in Art Digital Magazine September-October 2010 check it out!

Postmodern Modernist updated with modified algorithms and the ability operate autonomously! This project now creates art and promotes itself on the web without any intervention on my behalf.

Postmodern Modernist

I have added the ability for the Postmodern Modernist to read news feeds and create works based off of current events. At the time of this update Lindsay Lohan is in the news so it will create works seeded by her image with greater frequency.

Postmodern Modernist

The updated algorithm is much improved from the old version. It now has a much wider variety of types of abstractions at its disposal. Its color database has been updated with new colors and it can generate a suite of color relationships from photos it discovers while reading the news feeds. The above color combination is pulled from a photo of R&B artist Mario who recently is alleged to have assaulted his mother.

The naming of the current event seeded works is handled crudely for now, I am thinking of ways to make this more interesting. Even so it will still make me laugh from time to time as it typically assigns an adjective to beginning which can transform the stripped headline in amusing ways, for example...."demonic Jon Stewart mocks Rick Sanchez controversy #320"

Postmodern Modernist

One of the things I always liked about this algorithm was the intentional big pixels that boldly yet nerdishly assert its digital lineage, I definitely kept the big pixels. The new algorithm still generates works completely from scratch like "boyfriend clammy #288" (shown above), and it now saves out a print resolution version of each file before it resizes it down to a more web friendly size. If you would like a print send me an email and let me know.

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