Works by keyword: aesthetic explorations

Aesthetic Explorations of Attractor Space

Have you ever seen a pendulum swinging over a pit of sand, tracing patterns as it moves? The results can be simple or complex, depending on the forces generating the motion. In a truly chaotic system, a strange attractor represents this final state, and can be visualized using surprisingly simple mathematical equations. Initially inspired by Clifford Pickover's Chaos in Wonderland, I have been experimenting with chaotic attractors since 2000. I call this series Aesthetic Explorations of Attractor Space. For more technical and mathematical information, view the Tech Notes.

Dance Variations

Print, 2016

A dance of a billion particles—abstract forms of bright white swirl over a vibrant blue background, perhaps mimicking smoke, liquid in suspension, or sheer fabric. View Details »

Suspensions 6 & 7

Print, 2014

Appearing as a subtly shaded pencil or charcoal drawing, these black and white generative forms hang in a virtual space. View Details »

Process Prints

Print, 2014

Black and white prints with an architectural elegance, derived from mathematical equations. View Details »

Beautiful Chaos

Interactive Software Art, 2013

Use your hands to explore the curves and ripples of mathematical equations brought to life in vivid color. View Details »

Alluvial Fan II

Print, 2011

Sweeping, organic forms resemble an aerial view of a mathematical river delta. View Details »

Sprites

Print, 2011

Intriguing lightning creatures hidden in the infinite possibilities of strange attractor space. View Details »

Apparition

Print, 2008

A ghostly, glowing form reminiscent of sandstone canyons. View Details »

Sign Language

Print, 2008

Sweeping, organic forms resemble an aerial view of a mathematical river delta. View Details »

Chinese Dragon

Print, 2007

The sweeping forms of this strange attractor outline an abstract face that reminds me of the head of a Chinese dragon kite. View Details »

Helios

Print, 2007

Glimpse the blazing, whirling interior of a mathematical sun. View Details »

Star Birth

Print, 2007

Virtual stars are born in the algorithmic expanse of this image, colored like a Hubble Space Telescope photograph. View Details »

Trefoil

Print, 2007

A delicate kite-like form drifts up towards you on unseen mathematical currents. View Details »

Butterfly Effect

Print, 2007

An homage to Lorenz's explanation of the nature of chaos. View Details »

Dance

Print, 2006

A dance of a billion particles—abstract forms of bright rusty orange swirl over a cyan background, perhaps mimicking smoke, liquid in suspension, or sheer fabric. View Details »

Suspensions

Print, 2004

Appearing as a subtly shaded pencil or charcoal drawing, these black and white generative forms hang in a virtual space. View Details »

Æxploration

Interactive Software Art, 2003

Part internal artist tool, part interactive installation for all to experience. View Details »

Aesthetic Explorations

Print, 2004

A 4x4 matrix representing a small portion of the parameter space of Pickover attractors. View Details »

Wave

Print, 2004

Like Hokusai, with pixels instead of paint. View Details »

Ice

Print, 2003

Dendritic form generated by math equations and custom software. View Details »