|Samuel Monnier is a physicist and algorithmic artist based in Piscataway,
"My compositions are instances of algorithmic art, namely art produced by
algorithms. An algorithm is a set of unambiguous rules applied to some data
to produce a result. The algorithmic artist does not create a work
directly, but rather devises an algorithm which will yield a work. My
algorithms are executed on a computer, which performs computations and
logical operations to produce a digital image.
The resulting compositions are purely abstract. Accordingly, they do not
carry any title; a mere number is assigned to each of them for convenience.
Yet, they display ubiquous fractal structures which have numerous analogs
in Nature. The bark of a trunk, a rocky cliff, the surface of a planet
display everywhere details on a large scale range, what makes their visual
richness and beauty. I am striving to reproduce this characteristic in the
purely abstract context of my works.
To this end, most of my compositions are constructed on the idea of
"pattern piling". Copies of a simple pattern are created at various size
scales and are merged together. This technique allows to produce images so
complex that they could never have been imagined, let alone realized, by a
bare human mind. Each of them forms a little abstract world, where shapes
and colors are combined according to simple rules to produce a highly
complex picture in which the observer's eye can wander and get lost.
Algorithms are still largely unknown as a medium of creating visual art.
Hopefully these works will awaken the interest some art lovers and artists
for this innovative technique."