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Good Luck Escaping These Immersive CGI Vistas

Dive into the large format organic-mechanical worlds of Dutch artist Martijn Hage.

by The Creators Project
22 August 2014, 8:00pm

If sacred geometries, mechanical organisms, and super-hi-res computer-generated landscapes are your cheval de bataille, feast your eyes on the work of Dutch contemporary artist, Martijn Hage. A self-described "pioneer" in the realm of digital arts, Hage creates virtual environments at once as organic and mystical as they are futuristic. His finely-detailed large format pieces evoke images of lands both foreign and familiar, uncanny topographies rife with fractals, polygons, and more 3D topology than you could shake a Mandelbulb at. 

"Abstract surrealism and colorful hidden dimensions are typical characteristics in my artwork," Hage says. "I create imaginary 3D virtual worlds; mystical still lives, but certainly not lifeless." Using various 3D softwares to compose his objects and textures, Hage says he begins with physical materials— fossils, minerals, photographs, and more— and uses them as the inspirations for his virtual structures. While he claims, "The process of computer rendering takes day and night to get the output for my artwork (large format 2m x 1m) on acrylic glass," 24 hours seems like little compared to vistas you could lose yourself in for days. 

These days, Hage finds himself at work on Artwork Archeology, a project that seeks to render his landscapes interactive and explorable (and in 4K resolution on curved monitors). While we're hesitant to estimate how long these pieces will take to render, we have a feeling they'll give us ample time to gather our spelunking kits. 

To check out more of Hage's work, visit MartijnHage.com

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