Abstract pyroscapes, shadowy tunnels, shimmering surfaces, and golden moiré patterns represent a world full of beauty and horror, created with statistical tools commonly used for scientific research. Super User is Kenny Vaden's newest generative art series.
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May 4th 2022 | 15:00
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Kenny Vaden is a scientist and artist who creates algorithms to generate artwork.
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Super User is a series of generative artworks that include abstract pyroscapes, shadowy tunnels, shimmering surfaces, and golden moiré patterns with characteristically dark themes for Vaden. These images represent a world full of beauty and horror, created with statistical tools commonly used for scientific research. Carefully developed algorithms were used to create unique artwork each time that they were run, with output curated by the artist.
Generative artwork is broadly defined by the use of algorithms that can operate independently of the coder to create art. Vaden’s artistic process consists of iteratively editing, then executing code, and watching the artwork change. Like most code development, the target and approach are sometimes clear and other times undefined and exploratory. For each system, a balance must be found between variable and stable output across each run.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, coders from different backgrounds turned their craft from an occupational toolset to make beautiful artwork that would be impossible to render by hand. Part of this recent chapter in generative art, Vaden’s artworks reflect the combination of horror, frustration, and sadness looming over this period of time. In addition to technical experimentation and discoveries, these are personal reflections on a global catastrophe too big for our hearts.