FW Radar: 6 Generative Artists to Discover on Objkt
In this edition of FW Radar, Fakewhale Insights spotlights digital artists working with generative art, where algorithms act as paintbrushes and computations as canvases.
Generative art, by its nature, challenges traditional notions of authorship and creativity, embracing unpredictability and randomness as core elements of the creative process.
Highlighting six artists on Objkt, including Travess Smalley, Chris Ried, William Mapan, Marcelo Soria-Rodriguez, Paul Prudence, and Matt DesLauriers, we explore how these innovators are part of a significant generative movement in contemporary art.
Generative art, by its nature, challenges traditional notions of authorship and creativity, embracing unpredictability and randomness as core elements of the creative process. These artists represent a paradigm shift in artistic expression, where human intention collaborates with algorithmic precision to produce dynamic, ever-evolving works of art that question and expand our understanding of art in the digital age.
6 Must-Watch Generative Artists on Objkt
An artist and educator, Travess Smalley’s work is a confluence of generative art, creative software, digital painting, and printmaking. Represented by Foxy Production in New York, Smalley’s unique blend of computer graphics and physical collages creates a symbiosis of the digital and tangible. He holds an MFA in Digital + Media from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Cooper Union, currently teaching Print Media at the University of Rhode Island.
Chris Ried (Generate Collection)
Chris Ried’s journey from Frankfurt, Germany, to the USA has been marked by a fascination with algorithms and creative coding. His background in Biotechnology and Applied Mathematics from Rochester Institute of Technology and his role as a data scientist and founder of Cbayes Media Labs underscore his multi-disciplinary approach to generative art. Ried’s artistic journey, chronicled on his website, reflects his diverse interests and explorations in creative technology and data science.
William Mapan, a French digital artist, intertwines computer science with his passion for pigment, light, and texture. His work has been showcased on prestigious platforms like Christie’s 3.0 and Sotheby’s, where his generative art piece “Fontaine de Jouvence” (2022) stands out for its unique exploration of gesture drawing through code, creating beauty and wonder through mathematical formulas — which are a hallmark of his aesthetics.
Marcelo Soria-Rodriguez constantly seeks to transcend the boundaries of cognitive spaces, fostering a deep connection with his audience. His works, ranging from generative art to interactive installations, are centered on inspiring and touching others, much as he is inspired by the art of others. Projects such as “Siempre en tí, siempre en mi” for Alzheimer’s research and the exploratory “Ecologías” series, reflect his commitment to blending art and science. Fascinated by the potential of collaborating with machines to evoke emotional response, he explores this through a variety of mediums including digital art, music, and traditional painting.
Paul Prudence, known as Mr. Prudence, is a writer and artist whose work spans essays, audio-visual installations, and performances. Featured in various international media arts festivals, his book “Figured Stones” explores geological consciousness. Prudence is a regular contributor to Neural Mag and has maintained the weblog Dataisnature, delving into the relationships between natural processes, computational systems, and procedural art practices.
Canadian artist Matt DesLauriers, now UK-based, dedicates his practice to code, software, and generative processes. His projects range from digital installations like LUMOS to interactive experiences like Wayfinder. DesLauriers is also an active contributor to open-source software, developing tools and libraries for creative coding and generative art, evident in his open source toolbox, canvas-sketch.
Generative Creativity: Redefining The Perception of Art
This edition of FW Radar highlights more than the technical skills of these 6 generative artists on Objkt; it sheds light on their role in a broader artistic evolution.
By combining computational processes with creative intuition, these artists aren’t just expanding the digital art landscape. In their hands, generative art becomes a medium not only for visual expression but also for philosophical exploration, marking a significant chapter in the ongoing narrative of art and technology.