Dimension of Time in Strange Attractors
28" x 20"
Artist Statement: Strange attractors generate repeating point patterns in two-dimensional space
while their coloring algorithms, which represent time, produce images of coherent
three-dimensional forms. The third dimension is determined by the perception
of the viewer coupled with the created intent. The forms include a ghostly view
into their imaginary core. The swirling patterns gently display possible subsurface
structures that cannot be logically followed through any dimension. Dimensions
become ambiguous as perception attempts to combine the individual points so
they complete a whole.
Many of these are inspired from natural forces such as wind and water, or earthen
formations. The stone series explores the possible subsurface patterns in nature
that are not visible to us, or the fall and rise of water or some identifiable material
or organism moving in indeterminable ways.
All of these images were created algorithmically using a series of related strangeattractor
equations with coloring schemes that bring out the time element of the
computational process. Each was developed by the computation of 12-59 million
The complete series can be found at: www.netcom.com/~bitart