Gary Greenfield

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Many of my computer generated algorithmic art works are based on simulations that are inspired by mathematcal models of physical and biological processes. In exploring the space of parameters that goverrn the simulation, I try to focus the viewer's attention on the complexity underlying such processes.
Robot Drawing #21091
5" x 7" (unframed)
Digital Print
2010
This series of drawings uses 48 (simulated) drawing robots that each have the capability of drawing periodic curvilinear paths while traveling in a straight line. The periods are determined by the robot's speed. Half the robots draw in black and half draw in color. Those drawing in black try to sweep up then down but remain within the bottom half of the canvas while those drawing in color try to sweep down then up but remain within the top half of the canvas. Placed in pairs opposite one another, thanks to collision avoidance and variations in speeds, drawing distances, turning patterns and re-orientation maneuvers over time an organized composition emerges that exhibits an interesting aesthetic with respect to mark making dynamics and detail.
Robot Drawing #21550
5" x 7" (unframed)
Digital Print
2010
This series of drawings uses 48 (simulated) drawing robots that each have the capability of drawing periodic curvilinear paths while traveling in a straight line. The periods are determined by the robot's speed. Half the robots draw in black and half draw in color. Those drawing in black try to sweep up then down but remain within the bottom half of the canvas while those drawing in color try to sweep down then up but remain within the top half of the canvas. Placed in pairs opposite one another, thanks to collision avoidance and variations in speeds, drawing distances, turning patterns and re-orientation maneuvers over time an organized composition emerges that exhibits an interesting aesthetic with respect to mark making dynamics and detail.
Robot Drawing #22298
5" x 7" (unframed)
Digital Print
2010
This series of drawings uses 48 (simulated) drawing robots that each have the capability of drawing periodic curvilinear paths while traveling in a straight line. The periods are determined by the robot's speed. Half the robots draw in black and half draw in color. Those drawing in black try to sweep up then down but remain within the bottom half of the canvas while those drawing in color try to sweep down then up but remain within the top half of the canvas. Placed in pairs opposite one another, thanks to collision avoidance and variations in speeds, drawing distances, turning patterns and re-orientation maneuvers over time an organized composition emerges that exhibits an interesting aesthetic with respect to mark making dynamics and detail.