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Several friends of mine used to debate at length “What is art?” — now that digital art, guerilla art, performance art, advertising collateral, and the blending of media have blurred the boundaries of what was once a clear-cut discipline. Art’s not just pure visual painting and sculpture any more that gets hung and revered on the walls of museums–more and more people are looking for art that’s interactive, conceptual, interested in the pop social experience, and blends a range of media. While traditionalists who hang paintings in museums might feel that these new art forms aren’t true art, new digital and interactive creations are still infused in our culture and experience, influencing our aesthetic tastes.
Jeff Clark of Neoformist is one such artist blurring the boundaries between programming, verbal, and visual art. Using a scripted algorithm he generates portraits of famous people and animals using an algorithm that creates words in the colors and patterns needed to create the portrait. Some examples feature a shot of Barack Obama created with the words “Yes We Can” and Albert Einstein with the word “Genius.” Very cool– go take a look.