Growth v02
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Most generative art looks as if it were either crafted by an artist learning to code, or a computer scientist learning design. On rare occasions, however, one encounters that unique artist who has achieved mastery across both domains. Magic is invariably the result, and we all get a lesson in the full possibilities of a genre.

Robert Hodgin’s latest series on fxhash Growth v02 features 512 compositions that range between sumptuous, lush, and ornate outputs – by turns aesthetically rich and bountiful. The artist draws inspiration from the timeless interior designs of William Morris and their reimagining by contemporary portrait painter Kehinde Wiley. Hodgin allies the draftsmanship of the former with the all-over opalescence of the latter to produce a transcendent masterwork of generative art.

Kennet, c 1920. William Morris. The Cleveland Museum of Art
Kennet, c 1920. William Morris. The Cleveland Museum of Art

Hodgin’s sensitivity to color, motion, and composition are on full display in these works, raising the bar for art made with code which, too often, treats the core design elements as an afterthought. Superior craftsmanship is expressed through attention to detail, subtle variation in line weight, masterful use of gradients, and a careful scaling and stacking of elements to create depth and negative space. The artist’s virtuosity in time-based media is visible in the hundreds of procedurally animated flowers that blossom as if painstakingly animated by hand. Vertical bars of varying width add compositional structure and visual contrast to the endlessly winding arabesques of lavish vegetation.

Growth v02 #477
Growth v02 #477

While more stylized and less illusionistic in-depth, I see Growth v02 as sharing qualities with Zancan’s Garden, Monoliths. Both works break from the hard-edged geometries typical of generative art and instead take inspiration from nature while tapping into the affordance for visual complexity and detail native to art made with code. I’m not sure yet if we are seeing a broader movement away from austere minimalism toward the digital baroque, but if so I’d welcome it.

Artist's Description
Growth patterns, version 2. January 2022 Edition of 512 Growth v02 is an generative exploration of patterns in the style of William Morris' iconic wallpaper designs from the 1800s. The code for the Growth series was originally designed to create plausible road networks but has been rewritten to create more organic curved forms. Created with p5js. 'space' to pause the simulation 'h' to toggle to higher res (increases canvas size but runs slower: great for screengrabs) 'r' to reset the seed (some features are locked to the original hash) 's' to save an image to disk All generated patterns are tile-able horizontally and vertically. Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
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