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Art From Code: Molnar’s Gradualism and the Quest for Mathematical Beauty

I am not very good at math. Some would say that I am, in fact, a menace when it comes to anything more than simple addition. However, I am constantly fascinated by the way math and art combine in code,…

Art from Code: Molnar and Repetition

My previous article (Art from Code: Time, Space, and Spacetime), analyzed the heavily debated question: is computational art really art? If we dig deeper into the debate between computer generated art and conventional art, we’ll find the more nuanced argument…

Art From Code: A Response to Vera Molnar

After reading about Vera Molnar’s art making process of starting with a base code and then altering one aspect of the code (a variation of one parameter), I have come to view repetition in a new way. I’m realizing that…

Art From Code: Understanding the works of Vera Molnar

Working in the realm of computer designed art using coding opens your eyes to a new world of possibilities because any idea you form can be presented digitally with a few clicks of a button. Anything your creative mind desires…

Art From Code: A Response to Vera Molnar

Repetition can be tedious, like when you’re working at a desk every day. It feels like you’re doing the same thing over and over. However, repetition can become something great, like when you go for a walk every morning. From…

Art from Code: Molnar Gradualism

The repetition of each loop I created are not dull and monotonous purely because they are repetitive in their nature. Instead, they are creative and lend themselves to meaning with each repetition. They grow and build off each other to…

Art from Code: Understanding Repetition and Routine through Molnar

The word repetition dates back to Latin roots and by defintion, it means the action of repeating something that has already been done. Molnar’s practiced style of repeating is similar to a pyshcological idea Freud presented in 1914. Repetition Compulsion…

Art from Code: (a modern display of the brush)

As I began to work with Processing, the Javascript code animator application, I began to understand a different language. At first, I was able to pick up the basics easily. I understand the fundamentals of code because, like any mechanism,…

Art from Code: Molnar inspired pattern

Generating patterns through computer programming gives you the feeling that you are cheating. I am not sure who or what you are cheating, but making different iterations of designs in seconds pushes artistic creativity to a new level. When I…

Art From Code: The Early Experiments

In the beginning… What both terrified and intrigued me most about the concept of Art From Code was the prospect of using a complex and computational software to create something that I love: art. Before ever embarking on this journey,…

Art from Code: Molnar Response

In creating my code, changing only one aspect each time, I was able to experience the gradualism that Molnar spoke of. It is perhaps one of my favorite projects that we’ve worked on in Art from Code. I think that…

Conceptual Art: Finding a Form/RCM

This class began with an exercise in expressing a single idea or thought, a form or collection process of evidence, in various incarnations. This could look like really quite anything, and, initially, I could think of just about nothing. I…

Conceptual Art: Finding a Form

Creating three different projects under the premise of “finding a form” took me through quite a lot of states- artistic, emotional, and otherwise. Initially, when tasked with collecting evidence, I wanted to find physical evidence of the passage of time….

Conceptual Art: Finding A Form

The Body Keeps The Score I found that the methodologies we employed in our Finding a Form project provided an engaging contextual framework for making, one which allowed us as artists both to be held by and also free to revise…

Conceptual Art: Finding a Form

The class assignment, “Finding a Form” served as my formal introduction to the foundations of conceptual art. Being that I had no previous experience with creating works, I approached the first part of the assignment, where we had to procure…

Conceptual Art: Finding a Form

At first, when given the “finding a form” assignment I moved to present some form of evidence in an effective way, to affect, through my evidence, a specific impression on the viewer. Given work and discussions already had in class,…

Conceptual Art: Finding a Form

My experience with finding a form helped to evolve and expand upon my thoughts I had before the class.  Going into this assignment, initially, I was at a loss for ideas about what to use as evidence and/or a common…

Conceptual Art: Finding A Form

My process with the ‘Finding a Form’ series of exercises was one that did not solidify my idea as it progressed. Instead, I found my idea stuck, oscillating around the similar forms I chose instead of growing and becoming clear….

Art From Code: Watch

Those who think computational art is not creative because it’s “made by a machine” are unfairly disregarding what the real people coding that art bring to the project. Code is another way to bring ideas to life just like painting…