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

Jump into Fractals!

Jump into Fractals!

Stop what you’re doing, forget everything you know –and just jump into fractals!

Synthetic. That’s a good word in computer art. You like synthetic things if you like computer art. There’s too much color in this? It looks unnatural? It’s synthetic, just like those chewy fruit candies that don’t really taste like real fruit. They taste better than real fruit. Space age flavours. This image has space age colors. Love it, or the image will delete you. Continue reading

Ode to Mandel Donut Vegas

Ode to Mandel Donut Vegas

Dave Makin, in a thread over at Fractalforums.com suggested that the mandelbulb deserves more attention: Anyhow, while still shaking my head and wondering (like taurus66 in the quote) why anyone would be interested in that puffy, spiny thing called the mandelbulb,  along came someone else, in a completely different thread, posting their marathon session, 6-core … Continue reading

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

I travel the internet, I make “Viewmarks” of artwork worth reviewing, and sometimes I end up with little scraps of things that I just can’t seem to fit into a proper blog posting.  But I keep them around anyhow because they’re food for thought, so to speak; singular ideas with potential. Here are a few … Continue reading

More Microscopy

More Microscopy

Mosquito eyes. Microscopy courtesy of Oliver Meckes.   I first wrote about microscopy on OT back in September of 2009 when discussing Luke Jerram‘s glass sculptures. I said then that microscopy "frequently reveals fractal characteristics in the microcosmic world." Was I ever right. The image gallery at FEI, a company producing high end microscopes, is … Continue reading

Panorami Frattali by DorianoArt

Panorami Frattali by DorianoArt

DorianoArt has a real talent for mixing fractals with photography and doing it with style.  It’s not the typical marriage between earthy fractals and leafy scenery.  It’s more like an extraterrestrial romance between mother earth and alien invaders. Despite such a disturbing courtship, the results are quite natural, or rather, quite unnatural, a hybrid landscape, … Continue reading

The Varieties of Fractal Experience

The Varieties of Fractal Experience

There’s a theme that binds all these images together but I can’t seem to find the right words for it.  Freaky; harmonic; other worldly; sacred symbols; journey into mystery: they all fit for some but not for all.  I guess variety is best; with a play on the famous book by Henry James, The Variety … Continue reading

Name! That! Comment! OT “Biggest Fans” Edition!

Name! That! Comment! OT “Biggest Fans” Edition!

Welcome back, readers, once again to the home edition of the Fractalbook Network’s much idolized game show: Name! That! Comment! Tonight, due to the panic of sweeps week and the fear of ratings slippage, we’ve cobbled together a most prodigious presentation. Our crackhead team of scientologists has scoured cyberspace (and beyond!) to seek out only … Continue reading

The Epiphytic Art of Comments

The Epiphytic Art of Comments

Like the elegant orchids and other surface-dwelling plant species called epiphytes, image comments can have a richness and uniqueness that is surprising when one considers their tiny size and extremely casual origin. And also like the epiphytes of tropical forests, comments can become almost as great, collectively, as the underlying tree they’ve attached themselves to, … Continue reading

Blocked Drones and Shocked Flowers

Blocked Drones and Shocked Flowers

Death from Above [Click on images to view at higher resolution on source sites.]   "New aesthetic" visionary James Bridle‘s latest project is Dronestagram –an Instagram feed that posts satellite images tied to U.S. drone strikes in the Middle East and Asia. The feed, according to Bridle, shares a similar purpose with Josh Begley’s Drones+, … Continue reading

The Physical Clouds

The Physical Clouds

  Such perfect fractal clouds are too perfect to be real. Photograph by Rüdiger Nehmzow [Click on images to view at higher resolution on source sites.]   I wrote recently about Google opening their data centers to writers and photographers and thus revealing how fractal the digital cloud looks. Let’s not forget, though, that physical … Continue reading

Arvinder Bawa’s Fractal Exhibition in Spain

Arvinder Bawa’s Fractal Exhibition in Spain

Arvinder Bawa recently had a showing of his fractal artworks in Laredo, Cantabria, Spain at the Sala Ruas gallery.  The poster explains it best: ~Click on images to view full-size on original site~ Arvinder has written an interesting explanation to accompany the exhibit.  I like his simple language and layman’s terms: …For the exhibition it … Continue reading

Iterations of Hurricane Sandy

Iterations of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy’s Fractalscape Renders   But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen: —T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" A pervasive side effect of working with fractal art is that one begins to develop a heightened sense of fractal pattern recognition. Self-similar forms and recursive … Continue reading

Brother, can you spare $58?

Brother, can you spare $58?

Fractalforums.com’s owner, Christian Kleinhuis (aka Trifox) is attempting to put out another fractal art calendar this year.  I reviewed last year’s and called it, “The Best Fractal Calendar Ever!“. I hope that review scored me enough points over there with the Fractalforums.com folks to cover this year’s review. Here’s a brief summary of the discussions … Continue reading

The Fractal Cloud

The Fractal Cloud

Inside a Google Data Center [Click on images to view at higher resolution on source sites.]   They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a truck. It’s a series of tubes. —Ted Stevens, Former United States Senator … Continue reading

No More Flat Fractals!

No More Flat Fractals!

Does it seem that no one has any interest in the old, 2D fractal images anymore?  And furthermore, does it seem that since the advent of the 3D fractal craze that there are more fractal artists making interesting work than ever before? I’d answer yes to both those questions.  Numerous times while browsing further and … Continue reading

So long, and thanks for all the fish

So long, and thanks for all the fish

Orbit Trap is closing down.  This is the last and final post you will be reading here. No, this is not a joke. After almost 6 years of continuous weekly and sometimes daily (hourly?) publishing, we, the co-editors of Orbit Trap, Tim Hodkinson and Terry Wright have decided that the blog has run its course … Continue reading

On Style 7

On Style 7

Surfing Squirrel by Maria K. Lemming   I Know What I Like — Or Do I? Part Three: I may not always know why I like a given work of art, but I can usually tell when a given piece makes me simultaneously smile and think. So, I’m on more sure footing on this outing. … Continue reading

On Style 6

On Style 6

FaeryRing by Jennifer Stewart [Click on images to view full-size.]   I Know What I Like — Or Do I? Part Two: I began recent entries in this series outlining with some certainty why I like certain fractal artists and then admitting my trepidations for being less sure as to why I’m drawn to the … Continue reading

On Style 5

On Style 5

Fly Me to the Moon by Tina Oloyede   I Know What I Like — Or Do I? Part One: Last time, I was on surer footing as I attempted to explain why I know what I like when viewing fractal art. I admitted my bias for the painterly over the photographic, as well as … Continue reading

On Style 4

On Style 4

The Listening Heaven by Elizabeth Mansco   I Know What I Like My aesthetic sensibilities apparently run counter to the prevailing grain when it comes to my personal taste in fractal art. Photography, especially the digital variety, naturally appears to be a closer cousin with fractal art than does painting. Both digital photography and (software-based) … Continue reading

Phase Two: Byte 2

Phase Two: Byte 2

Three Gravity Stools by Jólan van der Wiel [Click on images to view full size.]   Tim’s third eye opened (again) and recently puzzled out the mysteries of fractal art’s Phase Three. But I’m still mired in the cryptic borders and physical parameters not found in strictly digital renders but made possible only in Phase … Continue reading

“Special” Holiday Fractal Finds

“Special” Holiday Fractal Finds

There is fractal art and there is the analysis of fractal art, and then there’s fractal events: contests, calendars and the occasional news item.  But then there are those occasional “things” that just don’t fall into the usual categories.  Here are some of those high points –special finds– of this 2011 holiday season on Deviant … Continue reading

Phase Two: Byte 1

Phase Two: Byte 1

Fractal Alchemy (Detail) by Carl Scrase Now that the decorative dust has settled from the most recent (and oftentimes lamest) iteration of the Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest (BMFAC), I figure it’s time again to revisit the notion that the competition (and fractal art in general) ought to think outside the program and envision our … Continue reading

Best Fractal Calendar Ever!

Best Fractal Calendar Ever!

Christian Kleinhuis of Fractalforums.com has just published a 2010 fractal calendar. Featuring the best artwork form Fractalforums.com and printed large size and spiral bound, it hopefully marks a new era in fractal art publishing. A review of the images and background on how the project came about. Continue reading