Week 8 – Fractal art

Fractal art is a form of algorithmic art that uses calculations to represent images, animations, and media. It is also under the genre of computer art and digital art which makes it relatively new to the art world. I was fascinated by how images from fractal artists make me try to find a starting point, but I just do not know where to start looking. Here are some examples of fractal art pieces from an album I found online:

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Here is an example of a fractal art that uses 10 layers of Julia and Mandelbrot fractal formulas, according to Linda Allison. Each layer is merged using different techniques and they bring out absolutely beautiful images. She mentions that she tries to combine the classicism of the first fractals with the latest advances of fractal art. Just by looking at the piece without any context of how the artist made it, it would have been impossible to know that ten different layers were used to produce such an art piece.

In this art piece by David April, he uses there different images generated by a software called Apophysis and each “image contains different types of transformations-linear, polar, and spherical that produce a curious dialogue between the vertical lines, the sinous curves with the appearance of smoke, and the bubbling circular shapes”. The shading of some of the shapes behind the the main circles makes them seem as if they were not as important compared to the other ones in the front.

What if some of the fractal artists use this as a technique? Where some shapes may seem less important than others, but they required more work than others.

This fractal art piece was the one that captivated my attention the most from the album. Because this piece was less abstract and I had an idea of what the concept was, I could appreciate the way Sylvia Gallet uses nature to form a fractal artwork. She mentions that it is a conceptually simple image, but the careful use of colors is what “transports the audience to an image of Christmas and winter countryside.

Sources : “Fractal Art” – http://www.ams.org/mathimagery/thumbnails.php?album=13

-Daniel Yang


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