Constructivist Art, Some Interesting Reads and Painting Catapults
#039 - Creative Coding / Generative Arts Weekly
Never stop dreaming.. - Roy T. Bennett.
Good afternoon my friends!
I hope you are finding fantastic inspiration in the work you have been doing!
First up: Content these days takes longer to curate because it’s a niche space, so I'd love anyone to send me interesting generative/ creative works they have created or inspired.
I've also been spending a good deal of time trying many different things that I have been releasing fewer newsletters. But this is part of my process; once I feel that I've been filled up, I can continue to produce at a much quicker pace. But until then, here are some great reads that I've found inspiring in the past month.
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark - Donald Thompson - finished this a month ago or so, but it gave me an exciting insight into the contemporary art world and gave me a little more understanding of the practices of the NFT space.
Sharing Code - Patrick Frank and Joseph Traugott - Just a great historical context of the users of Art1 (early framework like Processing) and then a look into the practice and methodologies of the artists
Nature's Palette - Patrick Baty - I'm a huge color nerd; I love taking a color pencil set and then sorting the colors in an aesthetically pleasing way, and so this book, as a beautiful color reference inspiration, brings much enjoyment.
Art in Theory - An Anthology of Changing Ideas - This has just been an interesting read as I continue to skill up on context, what critique looks like in a public forum, and how critique might adequately apply it in generative art. It’s been a question rolling through my head and the heads of others in the space, and I want to make sure that we understand it before we go about doing something as though there are "experts." Critique is healthy; it just needs to be done with the right motive.
When the Machine Made Art - This was just a great reminder of the history of machine art since the '60s in general. I love to be on the bleeding edge, and so seeing such a new medium ignored hurts. Yet, it is always good to be reminded that not everyone will be there, which is ok. It’s about innovating, exploring, and creating something meaningful with the understanding the majority and established won't be there yet for many different reasons.
Ex Machina - Frühe Computegrafik bis 1979 - All I can say is that I want to be like Herbert Franke when I grow up. The book is full of early images of artists and writings about and around the work of Herbert Franke.
On top of that, I’ve also been doing the following,
Digging into the details of the smart contracts to explore the possibilities of its creative possibilities
I am learning how to create generative 3D models to print on a 3D printer.
Continue to add to my corpus on the history of generative art
I hope these are helpful rabbit holes for you as they have been for me if I don't get to say it for you folks here in the States, Happy Thanksgiving!
Here is an AI artist/oil painter who explores some of the more profound questions of life, such as "What is the role of trauma in the human experience?" or "Who are we without ever tasting it?". In these collections, the titles pave a path to answer such questions. She explores the machine's mind-melded with her conscious self. Even in the more philosophical works, there are elements of humor and imagination. Take, for example, "the girl meets the man in the monkey mask."
There is a cohesiveness on her entire body of work on the darker side, yet there are times when a few on the lighter side still have the question of life and its cruelty embodied in the work.
She also has a more extensive series she has down with Braindrops. Cloud, a new NFT platform for deep learning artists if you want to check it out. She also has a bunch of her links in her linktree, in which you will find more about her work.
To some, the world of generative art and NFTs appears to have skyrocketed into the mainstream out of nowhere. Connoisseurs know, computer art has been a practice extending much further back than the 21st century.
Vera Molnár, a pioneer of computer and generative art, started working with algorithmic paintings in 1968 and is one of the first women to use computers in her practice. Her influence can be seen within generative crypto art today.
In this webinar we will speak to Anne and Michael Spalter, renowned collectors of early digital art, Zsofia Valyi-Nagy, whose PhD research is centred around Molnar's work, and art advisor Georg Bak. The discussion will focus around Molnar's influence on the digital art of today, only a few months before she celebrates her 98th birthday.
Note: You will need to register to see the webinar, but I think it is well worth the time to watch and gives some great context on the practice of Vera Molnar and then how the work she has created inspired several next-generation artists.
🖌️ Unconventional Media
The Robot Catapult That Flings Paint
Using engineering to create art! Instead of painting my own paintings, I decided to build a robot to do it for me. Obviously, a robot that throws paint at a canvas via a servo powered catapult was the only way to go here...
I decided to call this robot 'Flingbot'.
To my surprise, it actually worked! Flingbot created paintings that far exceeded my own personal ability to paint (This was the main reason for my Engineering degree, right?). Using some randomized Arduino code that picks from a plethora of different parameters, Flingbot's paintings are indeed one of a kind. Based on the parameters and some basic combination math, I estimated that Flingbot is capable of 3 trillion different painting possibilities (the number is likely higher due to variables out of Flingbot's control)
📸 Generative Graphics
This video was made for The Summer of Math Exposition. It's about the spirograph and the math of the spirals it creates.
As a kid, I loved making them, as an adult, I love making them even if it isn't on paper anymore. What can I say.
There is some compelling work here, but this could have been a chance to see a century of revolution in art, science and technology from the 1920s to the present, so neglecting the pre-1950 period seems a shame
🔖 Articles and Tutorials
“The coral reef is a microcosm of a macrocosm,” says paper artist Rogan Brown. “What is happening to the reefs today will ultimately happen to the planet tomorrow unless action is taken.” Through new paper sculptures comprised of delicately fringed sea creatures, Brown (previously) creates a striking visual display of the disastrous impacts of the climate crisis on marine life, showing how issues like coral bleaching can radiate outward into the wider world.
The above link is not necessarily generative but there are many elements that could be generative that I find incredibly meticulous and satisfying from an aesthetic perspective and one of my favorite features of nature. Its all generative!
"Hartverdrahtet" is the worthy winner of Assembly 2012's 4k demo competition, rendering a procedurally-generated universe of fractal landscapes using a file the size of your average Word document
The demoscene is an exciting subculture that without most people realizing it is a very forward thinking group of people that I encourage to take the opportunity to read about. One of the most recent curated drops on Artblocks by Piter Pasma has been an active participant in the scene.
In this video we complete the Phong lighting model by implementing specular lighting.
Understanding Fluid Simulation
This is the first part in a series about Computational Fluid Dynamics where we build a Fluid Simulator from scratch.
We highlight the Microscopic Perspective on Quantum Mechanics, Molecular Dynamics, and the Kinetic Theory of Gases that underlies and justifies Fluid Simulation Formulations in the first place.