Saturday, October 14, 2006

Automatic Landscape

Gouache on paper, scanned with hue shifts added in Photoshop.


Blogger Tim said...

I like the elaborate treasure map look. It looks good inverted (negative) too. I copied it to the clipboard and tried a few things.

I can see why Max Ernst would get excited over this sort of thing. It really is an automatically created landscape, if the viewer takes the time to look a little closer and overlook it's humble origins.

I would call this algorithmic because the main characteristics of the image are a product of the process, or procedure, although it can be modified in minor ways by the artist (or should we say scientist?).

Could it be said that this is a natural fractal image? I don't know enough about fractal theory to say for sure, but it looks so much like the things I often see in fractal generators.

10/14/2006 12:53 PM

Blogger Mark Townsend said...

I wouldn't call it "algorithmic", but perhaps it is "procedural", if you need to give it a label.

It definitely shows fractal properties, and if "official" confirmation is need, decalcomania is specifically mentioned in this paper co-authored by Mandelbrot.

10/15/2006 6:48 AM

Blogger Peter Jakubowicz said...


Could you clarify for me what this image is - is it an Ernst study (if it is, I'm not familiar with it)? Is it your work? How was it made? Or maybe it's some joke I'm not getting?

10/15/2006 2:25 PM

Blogger Mark Townsend said...

It's my own "work". An example of decalcomania

10/15/2006 4:57 PM


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