Alan Singer

Professor, School of Art
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York, USA

The images I am submitting are transfer prints made on my etching press, using imagery derived from software developed to teach basic mathematical concepts of form building. I have Cinderella and 3D Xplormath on my Mac and I employ them to help me render the images that I develop from bits of code or equations in 2D and 3D depending on the kind of art I am creating. I am not a mathematician by training but I am learning a great deal through practice and experience, about how to visualize forms by writing mathematical commands that perform certain functions. Much of the art I make is abstract and colorful, maybe even symbolic or poetic and I like that.

54 x 38 x 3 cm
transfer monoprint on Fabriano paper

A transfer monoprint made under the pressure of my etching press on moist Fabriano paper. The imagery was derived from the Colorplot function of Cinderella, a geometric software toolbox that you can download to your computer. I employ Cindyscript to set up the parameters to render this image in color. Cindyscript allows me to write algebraic equations which are then rendered in RGB color space and then output onto transfer film in preparation to make each print on my press.

30 x 47 x 3 cm
transfer monoprint on Fabriano paper

This is a transfer monoprint made on moist paper, under the pressure of my etching press. In my studio I draw upon geometric imagery to create my art, and I employ various kinds of software to render images that I can use for my prints. I sometimes surprise myself with the images that are rendered through programs like K 3D-Surf, 3D Xplormath, and Cinderella. I have been exploring the possibilities of these tools for over ten years, with many hundreds of exceptional images made so far.