Galleries of the Gods

Galleries of the Gods

As I said in my last post, there’s something captivating about the Buddhist artworks in the Mogao caves in northwestern China and, strangely enough, I find it to be reminiscent of things I’ve seen in fractal programs.  I’ve come up with a term for this electrifying visual genre: “Divine Diagrams.”  “Divine” because they’re mostly, but … Continue reading

The Art Dimension: turning fractals into art

The Art Dimension: turning fractals into art

In my previous series of postings (first, second) on how to separate the art from the fractals, I basically say that the only way to do more with fractals than simply create computer crafts is to focus on producing works of abstract expressionism or landscape/place.  These are the only two existing art genres where fractals … Continue reading

Place: Where Art and Fractals Overlap

Place: Where Art and Fractals Overlap

As I concluded in my previous posting, there are only two art genres which fractals are capable of contributing to: Abstract Expressionism and Landscape/Place. Everything else created with the fractal medium is what I would call snapshots: interesting, even fascinating imagery but lacking in expressiveness or the portrayal of a tangible “place”. If it doesn’t … Continue reading

Why can’t fractals do what art does?

Why can’t fractals do what art does?

Over the years I’ve come to see this as the perennial problem in fractal art. Naturally there are many other perspectives regarding the “art-worthiness” of fractals, among which the most common seems to be that they’re essentially no different than any other medium that artists work with. But this doesn’t explain why the enormous creative … Continue reading

Only <i>…the Awesome!</i>

Only …the Awesome!

There are many ways to judge fractal artworks; you could look for beauty, whatever that is, or you could look for expression, or artistic merit, or something else too profound for words.  I look for “Awesome!”.  Call it the Awesome School of Fractal Art Criticism, or Awesome-ism for short.  The exclamation mark is optional. ~ … Continue reading

Remembering Paul N. Lee

Remembering Paul N. Lee

I should begin by mentioning I never actually met Paul –offline, that is. But I suspect that describes most of the people he knew, since he was so active in the online world. In fact, I was invited to his wake solely on the basis of being in his email contacts list. Paul led a … Continue reading

No Talk of Art at Fractal Art Conference

No Talk of Art at Fractal Art Conference

Untitled by Alice Olive   And then you get an artist says he doesn’t want to paint at all He takes an empty canvas and sticks it on the wall –"In the Gallery," Dire Straits I wrote last time about my concerns that most fractal "artists" are more accurately merely technicians using software manipulation to … Continue reading

YouTubers Mock Fractal Art

YouTubers Mock Fractal Art

I logged out of one of my YouTube accounts and before I could log into the other, I found myself on the main YouTube page with links to the dumbest junk I’ve ever seen.  I knew there was a lot of senseless stuff on YouTube but I never paid any attention to it until this: … Continue reading

Fresh Winds from San Sebastian

Fresh Winds from San Sebastian

It was called the “International Fractal Art Symposium” and was held in San Sebastian, Spain (that’s in Europe) from June 25th to 27th, 2014.  I first heard about it back in December 2013 in a thread on Fractalforums.com, but reined in my instant desire to comment about it because something made me think it was … Continue reading

Fuh, fuh, fuh… Fractals!

Fuh, fuh, fuh… Fractals!

I apologize in advance if this post seems like nothing more than a roundup of fractals recently posted to Fractalforums.com, that mega mecca of all things fractal, but that forum site just seems to have the right formula for their fractal flypaper that makes the job of roving scientists like myself so much easier. Here’s … Continue reading

Fresh Fractal Finds

Fresh Fractal Finds

Here’s a bunch of images that caught my eye while out prospecting with my virtual mule.  Let’s take a look while I try to psychoanalyze myself and add another chapter in the book, “Art as Rorschach Test”. ~Click on images to view full-size on original site~ Stratographic detail/ Prince of Persia Sands of Time like … Continue reading

Fractal Stomping Grounds

Fractal Stomping Grounds

Snow Art by Simon Beck [Click to view images at higher resolution.]   The artwork improves the mountains. And the mountains improve the artwork. –Simon Beck I wrote last time about the ways snowflakes are more than just unique. They are also idiosyncratically fractal. But their fractal utility does not end with their journey from … Continue reading

The Synthetic Aesthetic 5: Surrealist Pioneers

The Synthetic Aesthetic 5: Surrealist Pioneers

The work of some surrealist artists back in the early 20th century involved the use of creative methods that are almost analogous to many of our modern computerized algorithms and effects.  For people like myself that are currently exploring the creative potential of photoshop filters and other graphically creative computer things, the smoke drawings, photo … Continue reading

The Synthetic Aesthetic 4: The Creative Device

The Synthetic Aesthetic 4: The Creative Device

The Creative Device Synthetic art has only one principle to it: the creative device.  As a result, the synthetic aesthetic is not bound to any particular medium but rather is a way of being creative within any medium.  The computerized medium holds the most potential for synthetic art because it allows for much easier creation … Continue reading

Present-Shocked Self-Similar Trash

Present-Shocked Self-Similar Trash

Shoes by Barry Rosenthal [Click to view images at higher resolution on source sites.]   Trash has given us an appetite for art. —Pauline Kael Today’s post is a quasi-photoblog entry that knocks together two disparate sources in order to see what washes up on the beach and then sticks to the digital gallery wall. … Continue reading

The Synthetic Aesthetic – Part 1

The Synthetic Aesthetic – Part 1

This is another one of those theoretical postings; you might want to skip it and go look at some fresh fractal art instead.  But if you’re still interested, in this posting I intend to examine what fractal art has come to be and show that this evolution of the art form has made fractal art … Continue reading

Paint by Fractals

Paint by Fractals

What shower of insults and rotten tomatoes are provoked up by such a play on the expression, “Paint by Numbers”?  And yet, to those who know what galactic boundaries are quickly traversed by just a few (million) iterations of the simplest of fractal formulas, the phrase “Paint by Fractals” is nothing short of rocket-powered creativity.  … Continue reading

More on Making Prints — and on Remixing

More on Making Prints — and on Remixing

Two Prints: Geisha Remix (2012, Left) and Cleopatra Worries Remix (2012, Right).   I’ve written before about making prints. I don’t want to rehash what I said previously. However, my thinking has "evolved" a bit since I last opined on the subject in 2009. The photo above shows two prints I recently made to be … Continue reading

Fractal Getaways:  Your Electronic Vacation

Fractal Getaways: Your Electronic Vacation

Our brains need a vacation.  And what could be a better Brain Resort than the electronic paradises of the fractal realm.  Here’s a sampler of some of the most interesting fractal scenery and composite images I’ve stumbled upon over the last few months. Although we’ve already arrived at our electronic destination, let’s do the old-fashioned … Continue reading

Psychoanalyzing Fractal Art: Fractalsport Psychosis

Psychoanalyzing Fractal Art: Fractalsport Psychosis

Yes, fellow patients, and particularly those in the line-up waiting for shock-treatment, we are sometimes gripped by that psychotic condition which I would label, “fractalsport”. What is fractalsport?  You know what fractalsport is and are exhibiting its symptoms right now with your attempts to deny it.  For those of you whose brains are still effervescing … Continue reading

Earthscapes: Bottom Row

Earthscapes: Bottom Row

Earthscapes. United States Postal Service (2012) [Click on images to view at higher resolution.]   The last of three posts about postage. You can skip the short context-setting intro section if you’ve already DVRed this series. If you’ve just wandered in, you might want to bounce back to the previous posts to view the top … Continue reading

Earthscapes: Middle Row

Earthscapes: Middle Row

Earthscapes. United States Postal Service (2012) [Click on images to view at higher resolution.]   The second of three posts about postage. You can skip the short context-setting intro section if you’ve already DVRed this series. If you’ve just wandered in, you might want to bounce back to the first post to view the top … Continue reading

Earthscapes: Top Row

Earthscapes: Top Row

Earthscapes. United States Postal Service (2012) [Click on images to view at higher resolution.]   This is the first of three posts about postage. The U. S. Postal Service, as part of National Stamp Month, issued a series of Forever stamps entitled Earthscapes. Three rows of five are displayed in the stamp pane seen above. … Continue reading

Fractal Artists are Deluded Narcissists

Fractal Artists are Deluded Narcissists

First, let me explain.  I make such a bold statement not because I hate fractals (or fractal artists) but because I love fractals and include myself among the hopelessly deluded. A quaint anecdote I came to this realization in a rather unexpected way: through rediscovering the joy of fractal artistry. For the last year or … Continue reading

Uploading = Publishing?

Uploading = Publishing?

I created. I uploaded. I published. [Image seen here.]   The so-called "little magazine," or more generic mainstream literary/art journal, has long been a tried-and-true avenue for artists and writers to distribute their work while insuring professional respectability. Why are such publications seen as more artistically credible? Since such journals/magazines are juried (screened or solicited … Continue reading

3D Printing: Will this be Fractal Art’s Big Break?

3D Printing: Will this be Fractal Art’s Big Break?

With 3D printing technology, fractal art can cheaply and easily enter the domain of sculpture.  It’s an exciting development and offers the ever dazzling world of fractals another venue in which to capture that proverbial and elusive, “mainstream” audience.  Will this be fractal art’s big break or just another demonstration of how hard it is … Continue reading

Danger: High Voltage

Danger: High Voltage

A Shocking Fractal   I have previously written about both fractal fields of lighting and about shocking flowers, but here is an experiment that merges the two topics. A Pratt Institute student, Melanie Hoff, attached cables carrying 15,000 volts to what looks like plywood planks. One would expect the wood to immediately catch fire or … Continue reading

X-ray of art!  Fracplanet 0.4.0

X-ray of art! Fracplanet 0.4.0

From the developer’s, Tim Day’s site: Fracplanet is an interactive tool for creating random fractal planets and terrain areas with oceans, rivers, lakes and icecaps. The results can be exported as models to POV-Ray and to Blender, or as texture maps for more general usage. The code is licensed under the GPL. It uses Qt … Continue reading