Robert J. Krawczyk: Dimension of Time in Strange Attractors

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    Dimension of Time in Strange Attractors


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    20 in x 28 in and 28 in x 20 in



Artist Statement:

    Strange attractors generate repeating point patterns in two-dimensional space while their coloring algorithms, which represent time, produce images of coherent three-dimensional forms. The third dimension is determined by the perception of the viewer coupled with the created intent. The forms include a ghostly view into their imaginary core. The swirling patterns gently display possible subsurface structures that cannot be logically followed through any dimension. Dimensions become ambiguous as perception attempts to combine the individual points so they complete a whole.

    Many of these are inspired from natural forces such as wind and water, or earthen formations. The stone series explores the possible subsurface patterns in nature that are not visible to us, or the fall and rise of water or some identifiable material or organism moving in indeterminable ways.

    All of these images were created algorithmically using a series of related strange· attractor equations with coloring schemes that bring out the time element of the computational process. Each was developed by the computation of 12-59 million points.

    The complete series can be found at:

Affiliation Where Artwork Was Created:

    Illinois Institute of Technology