Hans Dehlinger

University of Kassel / Germany
Kassel / Berlin

Generative art is focused on the design of rule-systems, intended to return aesthetic events measuring up to the criteria of the artist. This type of art-production exposes the artist to all the known and strange properties of design-processes at large. One of them: Designing aims at a plan or a guideline. Someone else, not nessecarily the designer, may take over the realization. For that reason the descriptive layout has to be delivered beforehand and with precision to bring about the wanted result. Usually, an artist at work enjoys a direct feedback. In generative art there is a feed-back-gap between the design of the generative system and the evaluation of its results. This is a fascinating challenge and an adventure to enjoy.

59 x 59 cm
Grayscale Digital Print on Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper

For it´s specific properties, the circle has a long history in mathematics.

I realized a series of pen-plotter-drawings in 1986 titled Ausfransende Kreise (Frazzled Circles). A pencil drawing 40x50 cm of this series disappeared 2015 in a Berlin Gallery where it was supposed to be exhibited in a show on early computer art. I then decided to reconstruct the code, which at the time was written in SNOBOL4. The new series is called Ausfransende Kreise II and uses Python as a programming language.

Fuzzy rays, all originating from the center of a circle are the generative elements of this particular image. Random processes are applied to each ray. The image is conceived as a drawing with fine lines on a light-grey background.