It sums up all my thoughts perfectly and really needs no explanation other than a field trip to a gallery to give examples. Continue reading
Fractal Art is all about nuance
I read an interesting article by Rhiannon Cosslett in the The Guardian entitled, Art is all about nuance. Let’s not lose it in the alarmist censorship debate (Feb 8, 2018). In attempting to explain the real source of the controversy behind the removal of a Victorian era painting from display in the Manchester Art Gallery, … Continue reading
Why is HalTenny’s stuff better?
If one person can produce fractal work that other users can’t then there must be some personal component to fractal art. On DeviantArt HalTenny’s 3D fractal work stands out and I think I’ve figured out why. Continue reading
Kandid beats Apophysis, Chaotica and JWildfire with millions of colors tied behind its back!!!
An old, point and click program operating in grayscale can be more creative and artistically profitable to use than a cutting-edge fractal flame renderer like Chaotica or JWildfire. Continue reading
Is JWildfire any better than Chaotica?
Just like Chaotica, JWildfire has produced a handful of cool looking artworks but has its advances in flame fractal rendering helped artists overcome the obstacle to creative innovation in the genre of flame fractals? Continue reading
Is that all there is to Chaotica?
Not too long ago, before the advent of the Mandelbox and Mandelbulb 3D fractals, there were basically two types of fractals and two types of fractal artists: plain fractals and flame fractals. Flame fractals were a very interesting new development because they had a whole new look. They were light, gaseous and wispy while the … Continue reading
The sudden coincidence of art and fractals: a review of recent artworks
I’d given up blogging about fractal art and the sight of this image reinspired me. It was the art, not the fractals. It’s all geometry and nothing but geometry and yet there’s nothing square about it. Continue reading
The Nature of Creativity in Fractal Art, Part 5: Artist or Symbiont?
Executive summary The user does what the machine can’t do and the machine does what the user can’t do and together they make something. Automatism explains how fractal imagery works and mutation explains how a fractal user works but only symbiosis explains how fractal “art” works. Automatism works at the local scale while mutationism works … Continue reading
The Nature of Creativity in Fractal Art, Part 4: A Separate Artistry
There’s something different about fractal art. Something that sets it apart from the art of artists working with their hands to form paintings out of paint and sculptures out of clay. Artists working with their hands do a lot of things you don’t see in fractal art. Continue reading
The Nature of Creativity in Fractal Art, Part 3: Editing and Personal Style
This third part is all about everything to do with fractal art that isn’t automatic and machine generated. This is where the medium of fractal based automatism gets mixed with user inspired and guided modifications. These modifications for the most part take the form of photographic backgrounds and overlays Continue reading
The Nature of Creativity in Fractal Art, Part 2: Mutationism
In the first posting I made the argument that fractal art is a variety of automatism. Automatism being imagery that is created by an automatic, self-operating device. One doesn’t draw fractals, the fractal program draws them. The fractal program is the self-operating device or automaton (ie. automatic thing). Being an automatic thing, a fractal program … Continue reading
The Nature of Creativity in Fractal Art, Part 1: Automatism
Six months ago… I decided to summarize… and bring to completion… all my thoughts… …about whatever it is my computer hobby is all about. I didn’t even have a good label for it. But nothing helps you think deeper and deeper than trying to write more and more precisely about something. It wasn’t about fractals … Continue reading
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
Fractals are the Mogao Caves of our times
Alright, maybe it’s just me but the image above and just about everything else in the Mogao Caves bears a strong visual resemblance to what I see in fractal programs. What I see in fractal programs: That might be a new way of defining the term but I believe it’s the most relevant in the … Continue reading
Everything you need to know about Fractals and Art in one blog post
Fractals are many things to many people but as an art form they’re really very simple: Fractals are a visual medium. Do not be fooled by such simple language and such a simple statement, “medium” is the thin edge of the wedge that splits fractal art apart and reveals all it’s inner workings! If you’ve … Continue reading
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
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?
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 …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
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
Let’s face it: Fractal Art really is a Computer Science Club
Fractal art got the boot a long time ago… Let me start with an interesting quote from the (archived) Wikipedia talk page: This article should probably be merged with fractal.—Eloquence 17:12, Dec 23, 2003 (UTC) It’s the very first comment on Fractal Art’s Wikipedia page. I love the irony of the username, “Eloquence” because he’s … Continue reading
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
Maybe You Should Stop Calling Yourself a “Fractal Artist”
Oxford Tire Pile 9b by Edward Burtynsky [Click on images to see higher resolution renditions.] Shut up and play your guitar. —Frank Zappa Seriously. I mean it. Calling yourself a "fractal artist" could be damaging your fine artistic street cred. On the Wikipedia Fractal entry, as Tim revealed in his last post, there’s plenty … Continue reading
Why doesn’t Fractal Art have a half-decent Wikipedia page?
It’s useless, and although there have been efforts to build something substantial there, ultimately the page keeps reverting back to a few shallow paragraphs that fail to even offer a basic definition. I’ve been going there for several years and have always wondered why it never seems to develop into anything, but now I think I’ve figured out what … Continue reading
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
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!
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
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
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
“Let It Iterate…Let It Iterate…Let It Iterate…”
Photographs of Snowflakes by Alexey Kljator Nothing better reveals the pervasiveness of underlying fractal patterns that lie beyond the scrim of our sensory perceptions than microphotography. The medium digs gold mines for fractal treasure hunters. We claim to understand that no two snowflakes are alike. We have even calculated the parameter files … Continue reading
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 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
The Synthetic Aesthetic 3: Ultrashop and Photo Fractal
This is the third part of a series on The Synthetic Aesthetic: artwork which is mechanically made as opposed to handmade ( Part 1 / Part 2 ). Fractal art borders on this synthetic realm because it is one of the most powerful tools for the computational generation of imagery. Most people commonly think of … Continue reading
The Synthetic Aesthetic 2: The Re-Introduction
In the first part of this series, I introduced a few new ideas which have a central part to play in my concept of the Synthetic Aesthetic. I believe it might be of great benefit to pause and clarify those ideas before moving on to examples of actual artwork that illustrate these trends. Here’s the … Continue reading
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
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