Cyberflower Duet - Red
27" x 35"
Artist Statement: A new frontier. For close to 20 years I have been developing a program of "form-generators" for initiating
and improvising art-form ideas. The creation and control of these generators provide an awesome
means for artists to integrate form-growing concepts in their creative process.
The art work. My work joins algorithmic procedures with traditional practice. Thousands of lines in each
work are drawn with a multi-pen plotter coupled to a PC. The pen plotter, with an ink pen in its drawing
arm, draws each individual line using pigmented inks on rag papers. A close look reveals the
cyberflower color fields as very closely drawn lines achieved with disciplined precision. The stroke in
the lower left identifies the initiator for these strokes. This stroke embodies the controlling information with
which every pen stroke within the entire work was improvised.
Content. My software has evolved by stages yielding series of works at each stage. In turn, each
series, as a family of forms, has distinctive formal qualities associated with its form-generators. Yet each
work within the "family" enjoys its own unique form reality. As a unique reality in itself the art-work does
not re-present some other reality. To the question "What is it?" one could respond as some
abstractionists did in the late 1950's: "IT IS". Just as a botanist might label a newly discovered flower so
also I label this or that newly made visual form.
Meaning. The works are visual analogues of the coded procedures by which they grew. For me they
celebrate the information processing procedures driving today's culture. They invite us to ponder how the
stark logic of a coded procedure yields such surprising grace and beauty. By doing so they serve as
icons illuminating the mysterious nature of our evolving selves.