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Fractal Art? What is it?

So I have recently found out about this kind of art called “Fractal Art”.  Sometimes you see very cool images on the internet with many shapes and trippy backgrounds and I wonder who and how are these made… so here is a possible answer. 

To those who don’t know what it is here is a brief description. 

What are fractals?

Fractal Definition: A geometric pattern that is repeated (iterated) at ever smaller (or larger) scales to produce (self similar) irregular shapes and surfaces that cannot be represented by classical (Euclidian) geometry. Fractals are used especially in computer modeling of irregular patterns and structures found in nature.(1)

Relative to this art form, fractals are a unique, digital art form, using mathematical formulas to create art with an infinite diversity of form, detail, color and light. In simple terms, a fractal is a graphical representation of a mathematical equation. The formula used for a particular image determines how each pixel in the image is formed and colored. (Pixels are simply little squares which are the smallest display elements that make up the images you see on a computer monitor or television.) A typical fractal image contains millions of these pixels.

These complex images of extraordinary beauty can arise out of fairly simple mathematical formulas, and then by selectively modifying these formulas, changing coloring algorithms etc. one can create unique compositions previously unseen to the human eye.

more on : http://fractalarts.com/SFDA/whatarefractals.html 

They are really cool and I encourage you to check them out! I will make some posts with examples and projects on it. 

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Nam June Paik, 1932 - 2006

Nam June Paik was a Korean American artist. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the first video artist.

 

Nam June Paik then began participating in the Neo-Dada art movement, known as Fluxus, which was inspired by the composer John Cage and his use of everyday sounds and noises in his music. He made his big debut at an exhibition known as Exposition of Music-Electronic Television, in which he scattered televisions everywhere and used magnets to alter or distort their images.

 

In a 1960 piano performance in Cologne, he played Chopin, threw himself on the piano and rushed into the audience, attacking Cage and pianist David Tudor by cutting their clothes with scissors and dumping shampoo on their heads.

 

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Andy Gilmore, 1974

A master of color and geometric composition, Andy Gilmore’s work is often characterized as kaleidoscopic and hypnotic, though it could just as well be described as visually acoustic, his often complex arrangements referencing the scales and melodies in music.

Gilmore’s journey toward this masterful style followed a long and winding road. He characterizes his pursuit of education as a tangled web, noting the bookstores, bakeries, and theaters where he worked were of more importance than the schools he attended in pursuit of his BFA, which he received from SUNY Empire State College.

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Salvador Dalí, 1904-1989

Born in Figueres, Spain in 1904, Salvador Dalí is known for his technical skill as a painter and the shocking quality of his imagination. His pioneering spirit was also accompanied by a reverence of tradition and a will for continuity. Dalí consistently depicted the landscape of his homeland, one that became synonymous with the landscape of the imagination and of dreams. He forged in his long career a remarkable body of work, and his life demonstrates the richness of living creatively in every aspect of one’s existence. 

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Sigmar Polke, 1941-2010

Sigmar Polke was a German painter and photographer.

 Polke exerted an international influence, affecting somewhat younger artists such as his compatriots Martin Kippenberger and Albert OehlenLara Schnitger from the Netherlands, the Americans Richard PrinceJulian Schnabel and David Salle, and the Swiss duo Fischli & Weiss.

Polke experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products.

 In the last 20 years of his life, he produced paintings focused on historical events and perceptions of them.

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Edward Weston, 1886

Weston was born in Chicago and moved to California when he was 21. He knew he wanted to be a photographer from an early age, and initially his work was typical of the soft focus pictorialism that was popular at the time.

Within a few years, however, he abandoned that style and went on to be one of the foremost champions of highly detailed photographic images. Over the course of his forty-year career Weston photographed an increasingly expansive set of subjects, including landscapes, still lifes, nudes, portraits, genre scenes and even whimsical parodies. It is said that he developed a “quintessentially American, and specially Californian, approach to modern photography” because of his focus on the people and places of the American West.

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Kris Lewis, Jersey

"As I begin a painting the subject physically, emotionally and spiritually reveals itself to me.  Each brushstroke speaks to the subsequent stroke, carrying out a dialogue, linking my subject and me as if we were meeting for the first time. I find this uncertainty exciting and embrace the indecisive nature of my work."

Kris Lewis 

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Simon Birch, 1969 Brighton

A full time artist, Simon Birch is a young Hong Kong artist who’s made a huge impact with his energy and vision in the last few years. Apart from his critically acclaimed, dramatic paintings, he’s managed to produce overwhelming installations, curated wonderful exhibitions, collaborated with leading artists, produced high profile commissioned works….the list goes on, needless to say Birch is one passionate, motivated man.

Of Armenian descent, born in Brighton in 1969, Birch began painting at a very early age, he is self taught. He has pursued a versatile career, which has included design, music and sport, but he has continued to paint throughout his life. He has been a resident in Hong Kong since 1997. Birch is also well known as a DJ and graffiti artist, his ‘Naughty Monkey’ work receiving much acclaim in the Hong Kong media. He also part owns Yumla, the most happening bar in Hong Kong.

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Yago Hortal, 1983

Yago Hortal was born in Barcelona in 1983 and lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Hortal studied fine art at the University of Barcelona and received a grant for a years study at the University of Seville.

In 2007, he won the “Premi de Pintura Jove” of the Sala Parés Gallery, and has participated in various shows, prizes and international art fairs around Spain and Europe. His works are in several public and private collections around the world.

 

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Irana Douer, 1984 Argentina

Irana Douer was born in 1984 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she currently lives.

She recently finished her degree in fine arts and works as a freelance artist.

Irana’s work has appeared both as editorial and as artist profiles for various international magazines as well as in numerous art and design publications. In addition her work has been applied to home wares, accessories and shoes.

Irana also created and curates Ruby Mag which compiles the work of several artists from different countries in a monthly based online art magazine.

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Roy Lichtenstein, 1923 - 1997

Roy Lichtenstein was a prominent American pop artist. During the 1960s, his paintings were exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City and, along with Andy WarholJasper JohnsJames Rosenquist, and others.

 

He became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the basic premise of pop art better than any other through parody. Favoring the old-fashioned comic strip as subject matter, Lichtenstein produced hard-edged, precise compositions that documented while it parodied often in a tongue-in-cheek humorous manner. His work was heavily influenced by both popular advertising and the comic book style. He described Pop Art as, “not ‘American’ painting but actually industrial painting”.