The work is made using computer code to draw, using an open source programming language to create the series of images. I set guidelines for the program to read GPS data, then interpret and process this data into the above set of moving images.
The work that I have made is deliberately not nature-based, that is it makes no attempt to imitate the gestures of drawing or painting to produce representations.
The work is informed by a number of 20th century art movements, from Constructivism and Suprematism, art movements that focused on fundamental geometric forms. Whose actions replaced identifiable brush marks with anonymous monotone surfaces, free lines with ruled lines and complexity with apparent geometric simplicity. Additionally the work is informed by the St Ives school of artists, like those of the British artists Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. Artists who had a strong interest in seeking out and making use of geometric forms found within the lyrical landscapes, who drew inspiration from the science and mathematics of their day. They used theoretical models as new visual stimuli to develop fresh ways of thinking and working.
Also been reading up on Sol LeWitt and his Wall Drawings, which are done from a set of instructions he issued. With his Wall Drawings, he removed his hand from the production of his artwork. I see why he has been so influential an artist, as he has definitely chimed with my thoughts on the work I was seeking to make - of how I was creating the parameters through which the work would be created. There is an obvious connection with how I am creating parameters that then makes the work.
Height map test made in Processing. Macro photos of soil samples on bottom right, photos taken by iPhone4 and custom rig system. Using HSB color mode, the height elevation is determined in reference to the brightness level, white being the highest point and black being the lowest point. Work in progress.