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Nathan Selikoff

University of Central Florida
Florida, USA
nselikof@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu
Ice
23" x 23"

Artist Statement: Originally inspired and encouraged by Clifford A. Pickover's Chaos in Wonderland, I developed custom software to explore mathematical phenomena known as "strange attractors." To me, these images-which are merely visualizations (approximations, nonetheless) of dynamical systems-betray a beauty not separate from, but inherent in science and mathematics. My whole intellect is engaged by these images: as a technician, solving problems and analyzing, and as an artist, creating, selecting and designing.

The custom software used was created with Microsoft Visual C++, OpenGL, GLUT, GLUI, and DevIL (known as OpenIL when I used it). The original algorithm was laid forth in [Pickover, Clifford A. Chaos in Wonderland: Visual Adventures in a Fractal World. (1994) St. Martin's Press: NY]. Two separate programs were created: one to "look for" aesthetically pleasing attractors, the other to render them at high resolutions. The resulting images were edited in Adobe Systems' Photoshop to create these works.
Reach
13" x 13"