Samuel Monnier
Works in Piscataway United States of America

Samuel Monnier is a physicist and algorithmic artist based in Piscataway, NJ.

"My compositions are instances of algorithmic art, namely art produced by algorithms. An algorithm is a set of unambiguous rules applied to some data to produce a result. The algorithmic artist does not create a work directly, but rather devises an algorithm which will yield a work. My algorithms are executed on a computer, which performs computations and logical operations to produce a digital image.

The resulting compositions are purely abstract. Accordingly, they do not carry any title; a mere number is assigned to each of them for convenience. Yet, they display ubiquous fractal structures which have numerous analogs in Nature. The bark of a trunk, a rocky cliff, the surface of a planet display everywhere details on a large scale range, what makes their visual richness and beauty. I am striving to reproduce this characteristic in the purely abstract context of my works.

To this end, most of my compositions are constructed on the idea of "pattern piling". Copies of a simple pattern are created at various size scales and are merged together. This technique allows to produce images so complex that they could never have been imagined, let alone realized, by a bare human mind. Each of them forms a little abstract world, where shapes and colors are combined according to simple rules to produce a highly complex picture in which the observer's eye can wander and get lost."

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Generative ? Algorithmic ?


I would like to have some feedback about about terminology. What is meant exactly by "generative art" ?

Until now, I thought the term "generative art" was used for artworks evolving in time, or at least built through some kind of recursive process, maybe using input from the spectator. On the other hand, algorithmic art is simply art created by algorithms, so would include generative art.

Now the wikipedia entries are pretty confuse, and present algorithmic art as a subset of generative art...
Any thoughts about more precise definitions or references ?

And from my limited experience of the contemporary art world, "generative art" is quite common and understood, but apparently nobody heard about algorithmic art... is it true ? "generative" is such a fuzzy word.

Samuel Monnier