My approach to painting is fundamentally digital and computer mediated. I view the painting as a set of information describing the location and color of each point comprising the image. This view of the painting as data is an extension of the way the computer has allowed us to work with text, sound and numerical data. There are several points that interest me in the production of these pieces: the point at which broken symmetry begins to be perceived, and where symmetry breaking factors overwhelm the symmetrical effect; and the point when a transformed image takes on a new fudamental form. These images were created from mathematical functions and geometric shapes; there is nothing scanned or hand drawn. The starting designs were then modified by series of whole image transformations. These transformations include coordinate remapping, rotation, tessellation, overlays and others. This process is iterative and is where my aesthetic judgment and creativity in devising transformation sequences changes the image from mathematics or geometry into painting. Several of these images are from groups of images which are the result of different transformation sequences from a common 'ancestor' image, or are themselves steps along an evolutionary path. This mode of 'painting' is impossible with traditional media, and imposes a new aesthetic.
Biography: I have been creating digital paintings since getting my first computer in 1981. During the past 21 years digitally mediated art, both musical and visual, have been a constant avocation. I have only recently begun trying to find an audience for my art; thus my work has had limited exposure, including an exhibition at my place of work, and on the internet. Born in 1969, I graduated from the University of Chicago (B.A. in chemistry), and have worked as an organic chemist in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. I currently reside in San Diego, California.
Country: United States
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