My major inspiration is Joseph Cornell, the mild American artist who made art
boxes and collages from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. He had an interesting although rather sad life. My other big hero is Marcel Duchamp – the father of the DADA art movement. He changed the direction of art in the Western world.
I especially love his set of suitcases that contain miniaturized versions of his all famous works - like little museums.
I was also profoundly inspired by a visit to The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.
General Pitt Rivers was a famous archaeologist and collector of ethnic
artefacts who’s collection was donated to the Oxford University Museum.
The collection is about how people live and has many artefacts to do with
belief & magic. It is still displayed in the large Victorian display cases with the
original hand written, yellowing labels. It says as much about the museum curators as it does about the hundreds of tribal peoples from all over the world that it represents.
There is even bottle from Hove which is reputed to contain a witch!!
The whole thing blew my mind – and got me interested in the way
in which an object changes it’s significance when it is placed in a display case.
I love collecting and like to use my collections in my work. Especially my collections of fossils and stone tools from my interest in archaeology.
I am based on the south coast of England in Eastbourne where I have my studio. My artworks predominantly fall into 3 categories: algorithmic, generative and software assisted.
My software assisted works are aided by hand crafted software tools which help me explore the massive parameter space in which algorithmic art can exist. The use of tooling revokes exclusive control from the algorithm and allows me to both guide and be guided as the artwork takes form.
My algorithmic works are explicitly coded with a very specific idea in mind, no random elements will be found here. Critically the final image must be fully responsive and scale to any canvas size / dimension.
My generative works are an exploration of noise, random probability and happenstance. Starting out with no particular end goal in mind, the code is modified iteratively through feedback as I watch the output and help shape the final piece.
Artworks that have inspired me include Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase, No 2 and Kandinsky's Composition 8.
I help moderate /r/generative where I also try to share work regularly.
We are quickly approaching what Italian writer Italo Calvino called the “memory of the world”: a full digital copy of our physical universe. Like Urizen, in Blake’s mythology the embodiment of reason and law and a repressive, satanic force trying to bring uniformity to mankind, we live in a world where every thing and every action is being increasingly analysed and measured, and used for both socially beneficial and nefarious, murky purposes. At the same time technology is causing us to be endlessly self-conscious, (a sure path to madness as reflected in rocketing cases of depression, self-harm and anxiety) and to alter our own physical world. The works on show attempt to address and reflect some of these issues