Mazinaw #216

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Mazinaw is about the timeless struggle to express our humanity and communicate the ineffable. The title derives from Mazinaabikinigan-zaaga'igan, an Algonquin word meaning “picture” or “writing”, alluding to the dual nature of pictographs. Inspired by my encounters with neolithic cave paintings in Europe and indigenous pictographs flanking Canadian lakes, Mazinaw hints at etchings, drawings, and anthropomorphic forms. While Mazinaw draws on expressionists from Wassily Kandinsky to Norman Lewis, it takes abstraction one step further: each piece is constructed by the artist indirectly, via a generative code, allowing the emergence of new undreamt-of forms. The 19 palettes are inspired by the natural world, but their roles are sometimes twisted: cerulean blue strokes appear over an ochre canvas, and green flashes of light hop across a gray expanse. I invite the viewer to spend time with each piece, finding their own order from chaos. Signed fine-art archival inkjet prints will be available for owners at a modest cost. Note: Mazinaw is best viewed in large format (full screen), or printed. Each piece has infinitely fine details, some of which will only be visible in print. Mazinaw renders seamlessly in any aspect ratio; adjust the window size and shape as desired, click on the frame, and type 'f'. Controls: s -- save as png spacebar -- pause/unpause f -- toggle square / fit-to-screen aspect ratio 1-6 -- set pixel density (default=2 on retina displays) +/- -- increase/decrease pixel density n -- enable/disable night mode p -- enable/disable pastel mode
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Exhibition Notes

The curator of “Coded Elegance” Sarah Meyohas’s personal collection of generative NFTs includes a piece by theoretical-physicist-turned-on-chain-artist EDG. “He’s interested in the origins of life and particularly how it may have emerged from inanimate matter or indeed anywhere in the universe,” Meyohas explains. One of EDG’s “Coded Elegance” submissions is an abstract piece dominated by swirls of vibrant blue, yellow and green, drawn from his “Mazinaw” series. The painterly composition has an ethereal quality, as if its shimmering waves of light were agents of the supernatural or fragments of a mysterious electromagnetic field. His other piece in the show, Spectral Being 12, likewise seems supernatural but utilizes a monochrome palette for a more ghostly feel.

theoretical physicist / generative artist

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