Computer controlled pen on paper
Dimensions: 42cm (H) x 30cm (W) / 16.5" (H) x 11.8" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Birch is the most recent, and most advanced, piece in a long series of tree-like forms which I've been developing since the very beginning of my work in this medium. Trees are almost the perfect subject for algorithmic art: in many ways they’re very simple mathematically, but there’s no end to how subtle and beautiful the patterns can become. The underlying branching structure is what's called an L-system, on top of which is built a series of algorithms which determine things like the thickness of the branches, the frequency and angle at which they split, and the curves they take as they do so. I find the striking correspondence between these strictly defined processes and the diversity of forms we see in nature almost hypnotically fascinating. The way I look at plants in nature has certainly changed since I began working on this series.
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Based in: York
Desmond Clarke (b. 1989) is a composer, visual artist and oboist based in the North of England. His work has been performed and exhibited extensively around the UK as well as throughout Europe and in North America.
Throughout his multi-disciplinary practice, Desmond’s work unpicks the relationships between underlying processes and their resultant forms at micro and macroscopic scales.
His recent visual work, largely borne out of the 2020 lockdown, focuses on exploring the limits of legacy printing hardware with modern algorithmic processes to create structures and forms that articulate the friction between order and randomness found in the natural world.
Ongoing musical projects as of 2021 include a series of works using fixed and live-generated video scores to explore the boundaries and overlaps between notated and improvised music, and a number of audiovisual installations.
In 2016 he completed a PhD in composition at the University of York with Dr Martin Suckling, and has attended festivals and residencies at, amongst others, IRCAM, the Banff Centre, and the HighSCORE festival in Italy at which he was awarded the 2013 festival prize for his string quartet Insect-Wood-Growth. In 2015 he won the RPS Composition Prize, and was selected as one of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's inaugural young composers in residence.
He has worked with numerous professional and amateur ensembles including, amongst many others, the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Cikada and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
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