"CODING INTO COLOR"
Recent work by Bill Ralph
BillRalph.com

Artist Statement

"Without mathematics, there is no art."
                             – Luca Pacioli (da Vinci's teacher)

Can ideas from mathematics open pathways to new and unexpected visual images? Can the very formal inspire the subjective and personal? Throughout my life, I've been fascinated and driven by the idea of using exotic mathematical tools to create unique and unexpected images. When I generate an image, I'm trying to share my own subjective perceptions of the enormous complexity and unity that can emerge from simulations based on mathematical processes.

An artist often creates a body of work by making one piece at a time, but my approach is somewhat different. I design a single algorithm as a tool to create a coherent collection of images that reflect my own artistic intentions. At heart, I'm an experimentalist. I make tiny changes to my unique computer code and look at the visual results. Based on what I see, I make another small change, and this process can go on for months, even years until I'm satisfied the algorithm gives me a significant number of images that I like. Unfortunately, my ideas often fail to produce results that satisfy me artistically, and I give up and try another approach.

Over the last thirty years, the computer code I've shaped incrementally contains subroutines that define each piece's composition, colour, and texture. For example, one of the processes I use is based on the extraordinary and often chaotic behavior that emerges from the feedback loop xn+1 = f ( xn ), where f is chosen for its mathematical and artistic interest. These processes are currently under intense study by mathematicians. Recently, I've been constructing "vector fields" on photographs and using that structure to create images containing figurative elements. Currently, I'm experimenting with ideas based on patterns in networks of data.
Alluvial Series Dosaron
Alluvial Series Dosaron
Alluvial Series Dosaron | 30.72” x 17.28” | Unique coded image on fine art paper 1/1 | $1,200      Contact Artist
Latticon Series Acraman
Latticon Series Acraman
Latticon Series Acraman | 30.72” x 17.28” | Unique coded image on fine art paper 1/1 | $1,200      Contact Artist
Alluvial Series Dosaron
Alluvial Series Dosaron
Alluvial Series Dosaron | 30.72” x 17.28” | Unique coded image on fine art paper 1/1 | $1,200      Contact Artist
Latticon Series Kebira
Latticon Series Kebira
Latticon Series Kebira | 30.72” x 17.28” | Unique coded image on fine art paper 1/1 | $1,200      Contact Artist
Alluvial Series Elison
Alluvial Series Elison
Alluvial Series Elison | 30.72” x 17.28” | Unique coded image on fine art paper 1/1 | $1,200      Contact Artist
Latticon Series Lonar
Latticon Series Lonar
Latticon Series Lonar | 30.72” x 17.28” | Unique coded image on fine art paper 1/1 | $1,200      Contact Artist
Alluvial Series Kison
Alluvial Series Kison
Alluvial Series Kison | 30.72” x 17.28” | Unique coded image on fine art paper 1/1 | $1,200      Contact Artist
Latticon Series Lumesta
Latticon Series Lumesta
Latticon Series Lumesta | 30.72” x 17.28” | Unique coded image on fine art paper 1/1 | $1,200      Contact Artist
Alluvial Series Liris
Alluvial Series Liris
Alluvial Series Liris | 30.72” x 17.28” | Unique coded image on fine art paper 1/1 | $1,200      Contact Artist
Latticon Series Tarek
Latticon Series Tarek
Latticon Series Tarek | 30.72” x 17.28” | Unique coded image on fine art paper 1/1 | $1,200      Contact Artist
Alluvial Series Nebrus
Alluvial Series Nebrus
Alluvial Series Nebrus | 30.72” x 17.28” | Unique coded image on fine art paper 1/1 | $1,200      Contact Artist
Latticon Series Zerilia 1/1
Latticon Series Zerilia 1/1
Latticon Series Zerilia 1/1 | 30.72” x 17.28” | Unique coded image on fine art paper 1/1 | $1,200      Contact Artist