Artist Grows Pollock-Worthy Digital Paintings with an Algorithm

Chang Liu's 'Wild Growth' is a generative Processing application that turns live videos into digital drip paintings

by Becky Chung
30 December 2014, 5:30pm

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Abstract paintings propogate in artist Chang Liu’s Wild Growth, a Processing application that generates artworks from data gathered from live videos. The interactive project was created for the 2014 ITP winter showcase, and features Liu's Jackson Pollock-inspired investigation into the boundaries of order and disorder, algorithms and handiwork.

Citing Untitled 6 by Camille Utterback and Body Paint by Memo Akten, two other paint-by-media works, as references, Liu decided to use Processing to create Wild Growth, employing a live camera feed that “sees” colors when positioned towards natural environments, pictures, or human subjects. In turn, her software “paints” the colors into quick-generated portraits that blossom out of paint drips, splatters, and brush strokes. “The whole process is similar with plant growth. It’s wild growth in digital world,” she explains on her site.

Watch one of Chang Liu's painting come to life, and see some of her other Wild Growth works below: 

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