Matthew Jarvis Wall

Matthew Jarvis Wall

Work from his oeuvre

“The increasing prevalence of computers and information networks in daily life has produced a transformative shift in the way in which individuals participate in the production of art and design. The cornerstones of classical aesthetics in art — autonomy of form, singularity of vision, and totality of message — become less relevant as artists turn towards the “systemic” as aesthetic. Generative design refers to any art practice where the artist uses a system, such as a set of natural language rules, a computer program, a machine, or other procedural invention, which is set into motion with some degree of autonomy contributing to or resulting in a completed work of art. Generative art is, in this sense, self-automating by nature. Self-automation is a seemingly contradictory notion, an intrinsically mechanical process that also speaks to the complex forms and behaviors observed in nature.

These sculptural works from Matthew Jarvis Wall constitute an exploration of emergence in simulated organic systems. Emergence may be understood as the process by which novel and coherent structures, patterns and properties arise during the process of self-organization in complex systems. The particle systems employed in the generation of these sculptures were designed with a focus on plant root and tuber growth, simulations that serve as a means by which the basic systemic processes present in these organic systems may be observed and experimented with. In a wonderfully tridimensional universe, Matthew’s work could be seen as overtly tactile, generating a certain sense perfectionism between the physical and digital realms.”

via O Fluxo


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