An Artist’s Log: Anamorphic Properties

This posts begins with a guy wearing a Harry Potter T-Shirt. Henceforth the guy shall be called Harry Potter T-Shirt Guy or HPTSG for short (this is what my friends and I called him). To be blunt, HPTSG, was a nerdy guy (but in a cute way like Lenard from the Big Bang Theory). He tried to relate to me by explaining how he creates his art: he was working on a project that required a specific mathematical sequence of nails hammered into a board. He had a great passion behind his art that made it really interesting to listen to. At that moment I wished I could utilize my own math skills to create something magnificent. And thus sparked my fascination with algorithm art.

T-shirt can be bought here

House Brawl was designed by Alex Solis and Alice X Zhang

Let’s move on now to present day, Jonty Hurwitz  to be precise. Hurwitz is a London-based artist who specializes in “Anamorphic Sculptures.” Anamorphic is the process of producing an intentional distortion of an image. In Hurwitz’ art the images reveal their true selves on a reflective cylinder strategically placed beside. It is the study of physics and algorithms, plus a billion calculations that make his art possible. Hurwitz applies his engineering background in the creation of work, which represents who he is on his journey through life.

Sculpture by Jonty Hurwitz

Sculpture by Jonty Hurwitz

Sculpture by Jonty Hurwitz

Sculpture by Jonty Hurwitz

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Now HPTSG and Hurwitz are not at the forefront of anamorphic and algorithm art. In the 1930’s Spanish artist Savador Dali started to use a paranoiac-critical method, which uses the concept of the brain’s ability to perceive links between things that are not rationally linked. He started to use cylinders’ reflective properties by recreating the distortions. Many artists work with distortions and many artists work with mathematic sequences. The process of creating the right distortions can now all be done by a computer. What is great about Hurwitz’ art is that he uses both math and the human touch, keeping his worked linked to who he is as an artist.
Hope you enjoyed this post!
xxx,
Bex
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