Generative Art as Immaculate Reconception

The subjects of these new pieces are two iconic paintings from the Prado Museum’s collection: “Las Meninas” of Velazquez and “L’ Immacolata Concezione” of Tiepolo. Following the rules behind their visual composition and colours, the two masterpieces have been transformed into digital fabrications through the use of custom software. Topologies consist in the exploration of the digital objects created by this transformation process. The outcome is not a narrative film but rather separate objects of contemplation… Literally “digital paintings”.

Quayola, the London-based artist, describing his Topologies installation. The description is evocative, but perhaps a trifle mysterious. The excerpt is generated from an analysis of the Immaculate Conception by Tiepolo (1769); the image below from Quayola’s site will have you saying, “oh, I get it now”—and then (if you’re anything like me) feeling a little bit disappointed in yourself for needing to get it.

Commissioned by the digital-arts org onedotzero, Topologies appeared at London’s BFI Gallery.

[via Beyond the Beyond]

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