« Basically, you create as many patterns as you wish and paint with, once saved you need to click on the check box in the drawing manager to make the drawing public, which is private and hidden by default. Have fun with Wendy! »
Our current exhibition at Widget Art Gallery, Strange Attractors, involves the graphic creations of physicist Clint Sprott. In 1993, he published a book encouraging anyone to create their own (Strange Attractors: Creating Patterns in Chaos, sample illustrations above).
The first page is Why This Book is For You, here’s an excerpt:
Art and science sometimes appear in juxtaposition, one aesthetic, the other analytical. This book bridges the two cultures. I have written it for the artist who is willing to devote a modicum of effort to understanding the mathematical world of the scientist and for the scientist who often overlooks the beauty that lurks just beneath even the simplest equations. If you are neither artist nor scientist, but own a personal computer for which you would like to find an exciting new use, this book is also for you.
As you progress through the book, you will gradually develop a very sophisticated computer program. Each step is relatively simple and brings exciting new things to see and explore. Alternately, you can use the accompanying disk immediately to begin making your own collection of strange attractors.
About the Exhibition
Clint Sprott (b. 1942) is a professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the 1990s, he used his own software to generate several hundred “strange attractor” images. For this exhibition, Daniel Rehn and Sarah Caluag have isolated ~150 of these forms (originally created 1996–99) and placed them inside the Widget Art Gallery.