About Procedural Abstractions - markmcgahan

About Procedural Abstractions


Mathematics has often been thought of as being cold, calculating, linear, crisp, sharp and clean. Many efforts in the field of computer graphics seek to recreate reality or visualize the unseeable. My work with Procedural Abstractions attempts to enable mathematics to extend the range of the aesthetic within the domain of computer graphics. As the artist I define the overall series aesthetic but it is the computer that creates each individual image. A true “creative partnership” between art and technology.

These efforts explore the nexus of expression and logic. Using a technique called Procedural Abstraction, an initial set of aesthetic parameters sets up the generative procedure. Once started these parameters are then mediated by a set of logic drivers within the procedure itself which then uses the power of the computer to realize a final image sequence containing hundreds of variations. This intermediation is the crucial element in generating this work. It enables the computer to “partner” with the artist in a manner as yet unexplored to any large extent.

Hundreds of images result each time a procedure is initiated. This being the case, I then re-enter the partnership to evaluate the resulting imagery from an aesthetic perspective and then, select the most significant images from each series.

There is no human intervention in the process once the procedure starts, nor is there any type of image manipulation or post-processing applied to the final Procedural Abstract images.

Procedurally generated art, while being able to create an extremely wide variety of aesthetic directions, nonetheless, maintains a uniquely inherent, appreciable and recognizable presence.

I work exclusively in the square format. Being dimensionally neutral it is the most challenging format for visual expression. Original images are only available in the square format. The prints for purchase here are available in a wide array of rectangular formats on variety of surfaces. Original square images are only available directly from the artist.

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