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rosettes grises (2006)
digital print,

rosettes grises

siggraph art gallery '06, artist's statement: for an algorist, the line is a dream medium. it is at the same time simple, extensible, rich. it can be suggestive of motion, time, music, light, nature. it can be rendered in innumerable ways, styles and processes. it is perfect material for geometry, for art, for thought. and it is a natural object oriented software subject. this year, i have been pursuing my investigation of the line. in the past i have asked a single line with a complex behavior to build the whole work. now, i consider instead the line simply an element in a set, or a working individual within an active group of peers. the individual and the group have their own characterizations and behaviors. and their release and interactions creates the work. i define in particular sets of grids (akin to the one used by françois morellet, sol lewitt and others), and subject them to abstract force fields and to chance, striking a balance between order and chaos. this starts as a concept piece created in software. but it does not stop there: i want to see a proof on paper produced in an appropriate medium. "rosettes grises" thus first a concept, was made then into a digital print. it is one of the initial sketches and explorations made for this series. currently, i work on similar pieces that i render on plotters or engrave as dry points on copper plates to produce hand pulled prints on etching presses.

technical statement: this piece results from running variations of an algorithm written in mathematica, defining sets of lines fitting randomly in the space reserved for the work, subjected to deformations and motions induced by arbitrary or random forces and last to different rendering and coloring procedures. the output are in a choice of eps, hpgl, dxf and tiff formats, as needed by the different device considered to produce the proof on paper.

my paintings are not about what is seen. they are about what is known forever in the mind.
(agnes martin)

creative commons license jean-pierre hébert contact. (31 Mar 2006)