Order | Disorder
4" x 6" each
inkjet print, glass beads, thread.
"Every Street Is Charlotte Street" will be on view July 22-October 1, 2017 at The Kansas City Public Library, in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
Recently graduated from the Web Development program at Johnson County Community College, I created a series of works inspired by learning to code.
17 x 21in
gouache and pen on bristol board.
To translate code to visual language, imagine a newspaper with three articles on the front page. Next, choose a color for the background, or the paper itself, and a color for the rectangular areas covered by each article. Selecting an article and declaring its position as “absolute,” for example, will often place it above the other articles.
I would change the code and test it to see the rectangles move in relation to one another, sometimes including mnemonic clues in the code that referenced the colors. I began drawing with the shapes, and to my delight, the compositions took on the styles of Mid-20th Century American Abstract painting.
These designs inspired by code became drawings on paper. I placed code written in pen next to the shapes drawn in gouache; the drawings represent both analytical and the playful aspects of the mental process. This acknowledges the creativity inherent in computer science, and the logic of craft.
5.5 x 5.5in
glass beads, thread.
I learn best hands-on, and to this objective I began beading works in the same proportions as the patterns on the screen. I became a human emulator of the code, translating pixels into beads.