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Wed, 20 Oct 2010
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.
DEVOTION GALLERY PRESENTS: THE ROOT OF THE ROOT
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.
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.
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"
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.
You can follow the Postmodern Modernist on its blog, twitter, tumblr or facebook page:
I have been working on a new version of my particle drawing/painting program in openframeworks based on the code used in the "Bombshell" video I made for this years Digital Graffiti. This project still needs a lot of work. There are several math errors and some other problems that need to be solved but it is still fun to play with and I can get some decent results.
There are generative elements to this work but its not pure generative art by any means. I am working on the right balance between "loss of control" and "control" in this project. As the particles do their thing the artist loses control of the image but I have added more direct paint like particles that give the artist the ability to push and pull the image in real time. The process of image creation becomes somewhat of a battle between the particles and the artist.
It will be interesting to see where this goes. If I can get all the bugs out of it and get the usability a little better I may put some effort into releasing this as an iPad app. I have been using it on an HP tablet with a stylus and its pretty fun.
Saw this OBEY knockoff poster near former President George Bush's Preston Hollow house here in Dallas and had to chuckle.
I immediately had a mental image of dubya in a hoodie sneaking around at night pasting these up. I like the way the horns go outside the boundaries of the poster.Sat, 06 Mar 2010
I have been doing some research on patterns for my particle drawing project and found Tsevis photo stream on flickr. Tsevis is an artist/designer and professor living in Greece who uses scripting combined with Photoshop and Synthetik Studio Artist. Tsevis' entire photostream is extremely compelling and worth checking out.Tue, 02 Mar 2010
I have a couple Space Filling Curve works and an interview in the Spring 2010 issue of +81, Volume 47, the Pattern Graphics issue. +81 magazine is a visual inspiration art and design magazine published in Japan in its 13th year of publication. It is in both Japanese and English. Check it out if you get a chance.
This issue contains works and interviews for Ryan McGinness, Peter Kogler, Boris Tellegen, Dextro, Universal Everything, Jan Hakon Robson, Emma Lundgren, c.neeon, David O'Brien, Marcus James, Niessen and De Vries, Jeanne Boyer, Andy Gilmore, Lula, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Claire Leina, Don Relyea, A. Bill Miller, Siggi Eggertsson, Johanna Basford.Mon, 01 Feb 2010
La Incubadora, by Grimanesa Amorós, explores the interplay between biology and society. Amorós asks the questions: To what degree are gender-specific roles biologically determined? What happens to those roles as both society and biology evolve?
The images of LA INCUBADORA are very effective at challenging viewers to think about the roles we have inherited by our genders. While I do not fantasize about male pregnancy, I do have three kids and I am quite familiar with this element of life experience. I have often wondered what it would be like and I have marveled at my wife's ability to deal with all of the physical changes that occur.
My wife and I do a lot together and I get in the habit of saying "we" when I refer to whatever we are doing or planning all the time. I made the mistake at a brunch with several friends of saying "we are pregnant again". I was corrected immediately by one of our mom friends that only my wife was pregnant, not me. She was right though, I cannot really feel what my wife feels throughout the pregnancy.
Be sure to check out more of Grimanesa Amorós work at her web site.
THE LAB (for installation + performance art) is a New York based, converted storefront turned fishbowl producing 20+ fast paced performance art and installation exhibitions annually. Aimed at the furious midtown foot traffic, THE LAB's programming is designed to confront modern relationships between art and audience and seeks to force interaction between high energy, "outrospective" exhibitions and nearly 25,000 daily passersby. For more information: www.thelabgallery.com
Goldsmiths University of London has a great project called the Aikon Project. They have been awarded a grant to explore artistic drawing focusing on portraits. The Aikon Project is supported by a Leverhulme Trust 3 year research grant.
From their web site..."What can explain that for a non-draughtsman it proves so difficult to draw what they perceive so clearly, while an artist is able to do so sometimes just with a few lines, in a few seconds? Furthermore, how can an artist draw with an immediately recognizable style/manner? How can a few lines thrown spontaneously on paper be aesthetically pleasing? "
The sketch of Alan Turing above is really nice, it appears to be drawn with a single line. I love how at the point where the line takes a turn the lines weight gets a bit heavier just like it would with a felt tip pen.
From their web site..."The main objective of our investigation is to implement a computational system capable of simulating the various important processes involved in face sketching by artists. The ensemble of processes to be simulated, including; the visual perception the subject and the sketch, the drawing gestures, the cognitive activity: reasoning. the influence of the years of training, etc., the inter-processes information flows. "
The Aikon Project is very interesting to me as I have a similar one. I have been evolving my Hair Particle Drawing Project into a plain old particle drawing project that will employ a variety of types of marks, open cv, face recognition, etc. My strategy is to keep the particle framework and modify the particle classes to accommodate several marks, continuous line regions, erasing, emphasis, etc. I plan to use the face recognition libraries to determine where to place the really important lines and add extra emphasis. I have been reflecting a lot on how I draw in real life for this project and I have been trying calculate ways to approximate this process based on my own experience.
I am not as far along though and right now I only have some hatching, erasing and emphasis going on. Below is some output from last Fall.
Our British friends at Goldsmiths are basing a lot of their work on archives of sketches and artists notes so I imagine they will have a lot more information to feed their computational drawing system. I really look forward to following the progress of this project. They have a mailing list you can sign up for on their web site if you are interested in following it as well.
I ran across Jen Stark's work a while back somewhere and then ran across it again while reading a friends blog the other day and meant to post on her work.
Stark is primarily known for her hand cut paper sculptures but she also draws and designs. Her use of color is smart and well done.
Stark's hand cut paper works and her drawings exhibit a great natural use of pattern as well. Be sure to visit her site. Her entire site is very well done, reminding me I have been meaning to clean my site up a bit this year as well =)Wed, 13 Jan 2010
"401_06" by Don Relyea at JMM 2010 Moscone Center, San Francisco
"401_06" from my Space Filling Curve project at the Mathematical Art Gallery in Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA. January 13-16, 2010, as part of the 2010 American Mathematical Society - Mathematical Association of America Joint Mathematics Meetings.
"Meret Oppenheim" from my Hair Particle Drawing Project will be on display at Nude 2010 January 16 – March 28, 2010 at the Lexington Art League galllery, Lexington Kentucky.
I received a lot of questions about the Meret Oppenheim piece from LAL and I thought I would share my commentary on the piece here as well.
The Meret Oppenheim piece was developed in C++ using Openframeworks.
The hair particles are not real hair but virtual approximations of growing hair generated by my software. I have several works using this drawing engine. It is based around a particle fx engine I wrote for a game some time ago. I altered the particles to behave like growing hair. In the early stages of development the particles rendered long and flowing hair with loose curls. In general, hair growing in darker areas grows longer, thicker and maintains a tighter curl. This is to preserve some of the detail that would get overgrown otherwise. Hair will continue to grow over time.
I have written about Ellen's work before. This series caught me as most folks in my generation are now dealing with aging parents..
Ellen Jantzen writes......
With all of this in mind, I was drawn to the reality of my mother-in-law’s mental state as she slips into dementia. I created a series of images depicting my mother-in-law, Patricia Jantzen, as she goes about her daily business while suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. I have titled the photo essay “Patricia – Vanishing Mother.”
You can see some more of these interesting pieces as well as read more about what Ellen has to say about this project and her experience with her mother-in-law's Alzheimer’s Disease published at medical journal www.hektoeninternational.org. More by Ellen Jantzen at her website http://www.ellenjantzen.com/Sun, 22 Nov 2009
William Brovelli is orchestrating a conceptual art exhibition across the 5 bouroughs during the month of January 2010.
The idea is to encourage the spectator to purchase an item that will become the art object (À la readymade) This event is dedicated to the life and work of Ann T. Kenyon 1932-1994.
This (multiple space) solo exhibition is to take place within a 30 day period (Jan.1, 2010 –Jan.30, 2010) Location: all *Salvation Army locations within the five boroughs of NYC.
The purchased (personalized) item as well as the exhibition card and documentation of the event (the receipt) becomes the art object. The artwork will not be recognized as such without all three elements in place. Through the act of selection and purchase, the buyer becomes the main player via aesthetic control in the realization of the art object. It must be understood that this project is less about the Readymade per se as it is about using the readymade as a vehicle that will enable greater control on the part of the spectator in terms of deciding what or even if the art object is going to be.
There will be no artist reception, signatures or any other interaction between artist and spectator(s) during the exhibition. Anytime after the 30 day exhibition period, participants may contact the artist for a free exhibition card that will validate the object. (Postage paid by artist.) www.williambrovelli.com
*Note: The artist only suggests purchasing the object from the Salvation Army store. Any object not purchased from a Salvation Army store and accompanied by a receipt that falls within the exhibition date, will be considered void in terms of its relation to this project and exhibition. The Salvation Army is not affiliated with the artist or this project.Sat, 21 Nov 2009
A. Bill Miller: Samples from the Gridworks Collection Project Archives
Some Walls is pleased to exhibit twelve of Miller’s inkjet prints, with additional prints available for viewing. This is Miller's first solo exhibition in California. Additional ASCII drawings can be seen on Miller’s blog, and more images, animations, and video are at his website.
A. Bill Miller’s ASCII drawings are made at the keyboard with text– characters and letters. He draws/types grid-based and grid-defying images that are surprisingly varied and dynamic, pictorial and spatial, rhythmic and dynamic. As writing has overwhelmingly moved from the pen to the keyboard and monitor, it also makes sense that drawing might make a similar move from the pencil. By making prints, Miller transports his images from the flickering, pixilated digital realm to our analog, tactile world of paper and ink. Seeing his drawings outside the monitor is an entirely different experience from online viewing; where the digital image scrolls by intangibly, the art work as object allows the viewer to see and contemplate a crisp, satisfyingly still, human-scaled image. In these prints one can fully assess Miller’s range of ideas, visual invention, and unique skill.
Some Walls is open by appointment only. To view the exhibition online please visit somewalls.com.
from Chris AshleySun, 18 Oct 2009
Generated Monsters -- done in OF 0.06
It was done in c++ in openframeworks 0.06 using code blocks. You can download the source here (right click) and the textures here! I'm sure you can swap out different eyes and mouths for different looking monsters.
It uses a version the hair particle drawing class I wrote to do my hair drawings, I just swapped it out with opaque textures of eyeballs and mouths and placed the drawing origins in the lower right corner. I then copy the screen to a FBO Texture and draw that to screen flipped so the creature is both vertically and horizontally symmetrical and voila...a tentacled eyeball creature!
You can see all of these monsters at my flickr set "Generated tentacled eyeball monsters halloween 2009" there are over a hundred of them!Mon, 05 Oct 2009
The 500x annual open show has moved from the end of the Spring season to Fall. This years theme is "Landscape". I always try to support 500x since it is the first place I showed anything a very long time ago.It is also a great place to try out new work and see what peoples reactions are at the opening.
This year I entered a piece titled "635 Commute" that uses two of my projects combined, my slit scan photography project and the good old reductionizer. I recorded several minutes of my commute to work and generated a slit scan image of the video, I then reduced it using the reductionizer and combined the images. The result is a 22 x17 photo print which looks fantastic. You can pick it up for cheap at the show.
There is still one more day to drop off art at 500x, they are taking stuff Tuesday night from 5-8pm as well.
Open Show Theme: Landscape
Exhibition Dates: October 10-31, 2009Opening Reception: Saturday, October 10, 7-10pm Delivery Times: October 5 & 6, 5-8pm Pick-up: Sunday, November 1, 2009, 12-5 pm
All work in the Open Show must explore the image, presence, or idea of the landscape. Work in any media is accepted.
"161 02" by Don Relyea
I have been using my space filling curve program to generate some textures with transparency for an open gl music visualization program I am working on for fun. "161 02" was a keeper.
I have ton of new ones I need to get around to posting on Flickr or here on my site soon.Tue, 15 Sep 2009
Some Walls is a new curatorial and writing art project located in a private home in Oakland, California. For the inaugural exhibition, Some Walls is proud to present “Jeffrey Cortland Jones: Recent Paintings,” from September 10 – October 31, 2009. Images and an essay about the exhibition are at Some Walls.
Jeffrey Cortland Jones is Associate Professor at University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. A painter as well as a curator, he is much admired by peers for his lush and serious work, disciplined and productive practice, broad and active exhibition schedule, and friendly and generous spirit.
Some Walls will show four small recent paintings made with enamel on acrylic panels. Known for his use of industrial materials, institutional colors, complex layering, and vigorous mark-making, Jones had in the recent past used a more wild and vibrant palette. The four paintings in this exhibition head in a slightly different direction, however. Returning to his previous use of green and white, Jones has quickened, reduced, and softened his paint application, resulting in images that, though abstractions with a strong physical presence and object quality, with their vertical format and horizontal spatial divisions hint at the wintery-like atmospheric image of haze just as the sun is about to burst through.
Some Walls is open by appointment only. To view the exhibition online visit somewalls.com.Mon, 31 Aug 2009
Quasimondo is teasing us with a generative collage project that blends several images based on a source photo. This particular piece looks great. I have been working on something very similar in openframeworks but Quasimondo's choice of source texture images is impeccable. Very well done.Sun, 09 Aug 2009
I have uploaded 144 new images to my Flickr account that I have been tinkering with for the past several months.
These images were created using a digital slitscan process. I wrote a program that generates several groups of 3d primitives. The separate groups of primitives are rotated in slightly different directions slowly while every frame of rotation a column of pixels is sampled from the middle of the image and used to make a picture.Tue, 04 Aug 2009
This issue of Vague Terrain(journal 14) is a must read for computational artists and enthusiasts...from Rhizome
A selection of artists, architects and writers were invited to contribute work that dealt with biological, botanical and morphogenetic ideas and processes. Some keywords and ideas to reflect upon were: Morphogenesis, Algorithmic Botany, Emergence, Genetic Algorithms, Cellular Automata, L-systems, Bacterial Aesthetics, Biomineralsiation, Autogenesis, Self-generation; Cellular Division, Cosmobiotechnics, Biomimicry and DNA sequences.
Contributing artists include: Alisa Andrasek (Biothing), Daniel Widrig, David Lu, Emma McNally, Jonathan McCabe, Kat Masback, Mark Fornes (THEVERYMANY), Michael Hansmeyer, Robert Hodgin (Flight404) and Wilfried Hou Je Bek.
Muti-Scale Radially Symmetric Turing Patterns by Johnathan McCabe