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Lonely, Futuristic Humanoids Inhabit a Stunningly Detailed CG World

Felix Rothschild's characters are just like us, plus a few millennia of evolution.

by Beckett Mufson
13 January 2017, 5:40pm

All images courtesy the artist

Lone humanoids dance, leap, kneel, float, and curl up in unnatural surroundings when artist Felix Rothschild opens his mind's eye. His characters, most of which were produced during a 180-day daily art challenge, look like humans with an additional millenia or so of evolution under their belts.

The Dresden-based artist describes his improvised CGI creations as digital futurism, a "visual style often used by 3D artists that combines a low-fi 3D look with trippy cyberaesthetics." His father gave him a camera when he was five years old, and he's been an artist ever since. He worked for years in advertising, but recently quit "indoctrinating necessities into peoples minds." Instead he incorporates artificial intelligence, technology, science, philosophy, sociology, music, and drunk conversations with friends into his work in order to do what he loves: "Create aesthetically pleasing stuff." 

Rothschild works mostly in Cinema 4D and Houdini, combining it with Processing and the Adobe suite in order to achieve specific effects. "There isn't a fixed mindset when I create things," he explains. "I love to get lost in an intuitive automatism in which I process feelings, the state of the world, things that happen around me." Each digital sculpture can take anywhere from an hour to two days before he's satisfied with the outcome. He listens to musicians ranging from Squarepusher to Tool to Mahler in order to inform the atmosphere of his pieces.

Rothschild has exhibited at galleries and group shows in Greece, Dresden, Zagreb, and New York. He just finished the gauntlet of a daily artwork regimen, and is planning to focus on commissions, films, and more detailed work in 2017. 

See more of Felix Rothschild's work on his website.

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