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Light Reading by Airan Kang

About the project:

This virtual world was created as an homage to specific books that are her current sources of inspiration. Kang traveled around the world to visit and photograph different bookstores and famous libraries in order to then recreate each environment as digitized versions of the original simulacra. The familiarity of these places gives Kang’s lurid universe an unexpected and sublime sense of organic beauty.

Each of Kang’s unique book covers are modified appropriations of the original covers rather than an exact replica. The “hyper books” are then arranged in stacks to show Kang’s growing interest in the relationship between text and the imagined literary space that the texts represent. This is further asserted as quoted text from each books in LED scrolls across the surface, making the information contained readily available and accessible to the viewer. Thus the content of each book is automatically visible, suggesting an ultramodern view of knowledge and intellect that is predetermined and entitled, rather than learned over time.

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Digital art by Pam Amos

1906 + Today: The Earthquake Blend by Shawn Clover

Clover on his work:

After reading San Francisco is Burning, Dennis Smith’s superb book of San Francisco’s reaction to the 1906 earthquake, I got to thinking. What if I could precisely line up photos taken in 1906 with my own and combine the two together? 

These images from Bozena Rydlewska’s New Botany series were made using a blend of collage and digital imagery.

Rydlewska (aka Bozka) on her work:

“New Botany” is my new series of illustrations derived from my dreams, color obsessions and fascination with the secret nature of plants; inspired by Max Ernst’s collages and the strange atmosphere of old botany books.

Macoto Murayama digitally dissects and reconstructs flowers from precise measurements for dazzling 3D video effects.

Asteroïds is a Vue 8 generated series by Chaotic.Atmospheres

Daniel DeWitt Brown imagines a world where normally ocean dwelling creatures live in absurd land habitats for his series Ocean Invasion.

Digital artist Cecelia Webber explores humanity’s relationship with nature by turning human bodies into natural forms like these flowers. Look closely and you’ll see those aren’t actually petals or stems.

Other Worlds and Future Memories by Catherine Nelson

About the work:

The Future Memories series comprises of 20 floating worlds, meticulously composed with thousands of assembled details. Visual poetry, nature photography and digital techniques blend together to give shape to these transcendental landscapes. The result is a contemporary pictorial mythology that subtly reminds the viewer of a profound truth: that it is in the flourishing variety of the local that the fate of the world resides.

Selected work from Tatiana Plakhova’s wondrous Biosphere series.

Selected work by Andy Gilmore.

About his work:

A master of color and geometric composition, Andy Gilmore’s work is often characterized as kaleidoscopic and hypnotic, though it could just as well be described as visually acoustic, his often complex arrangements referencing the scales and melodies in music.

Urban planning has gone awry in the fictional suburbs of digital artist Ross Racine.

From Racine’s statement:

Encouraging a reflective attitude by its distant viewpoint, the aerial view is used here to comment on society’s occupation and transformation of nature.

In addition, these invented suburbs exaggerate existing situations and drive the subject matter into the investigative domain of science fiction. Examining the relation between design and actual lived experience, the works subvert the apparent rationality of urban design, exposing conflicts that lurk beneath the surface. Beyond the suburban example, these digital drawings are a way of thinking about design, the city and society as a whole.

Eric J. Heller aims to make the unseen world of quantum physics visible through his art.

Heller on his work:

My digital abstract art is inspired by a world we cannot directly see; the quantum realm of electrons, atoms, and molecules. The strange, often chaotic quantum domain yields forms, which I use as a medium, creating images which convey the mystery of quantum physics.

His philosophy on a new medium:

When a water colorist puts a wet brush to paper, physics rules the result: wetting and fluid flow on paper, scattering and absorption of light by pigment on fibers, evaporation and drying hold sway. These physical phenomena mimic other aspects of the natural world and with experience can be harnessed to wonderful effect. Similar statements hold for pastels, egg tempera, oils, photographs, etc. To date, digital painting tools have tried to emulate traditional media and effects.

Digital artists need no longer emulate traditional media only! The computer allows us to create new media, with new rules, more naturally suited to the new tool. But such rules are best when they too follow physical phenomena, instead of arbitrary mathematical constructs. I have learned to paint with electrons moving over a potential landscape, quantum waves trapped between walls, chaotic dynamics, and with colliding molecules. Nature often mimics herself, and so these new media, exposing the beauty and mystery of the atomic world, yield a variety of effects that recall familiar aspects of our macroscopic experience.

Find out more about his method and what each of these images represent here

Fractals aren’t just for trippy music visualizers:

Romanian graphic designer Cristian Boian has been passionate about using new technology to create images since discovering the power of visual communication during his degree. In this series called “Attempts”, Boian’s creates very complex curves, ellipses and fractal figures.