Oblique Cube Composition

Oblique Cube Composition

Oblique Cube Composition is a generative art “derivative” piece inspired by an OP Art painting by Victor Vasarely, called Homage a l`Hexagon. c.1968. While Vasarely passed before the advent of Computer Art, his works have always intellectually challenged me as a generative artist to derive an algorithm to produce similar aesthetic effects.

An oblique cube is a form of axonometric (parallel) projection where the front face is full size and shape (height and width), perpendicular to the viewer and the depth is drawn full size along receding lines, usually a 45 degree angle.

In this composition an array of squares is generated. Within each square oblique cubes are drawn in pieces from back to front, in a random orientation, in random colors. All the cube faces are the same random color. A random number "coin flip" algorithm determines whether or not a diamond shape is drawn on the front face of the cube. All the diamond shapes on the cube faces are the same random color.

What makes this image interesting to me is the way the faces of contiguous cubes combine, and how the areas of the square that the cube does not cover (the black background) integrate into the piece and provide structure, producing a visual "whole greater than the sum of its parts."

An oblique cube is a form of axonometric (parallel) projection where the front face is full size and shape (height and width), perpendicular to the viewer and the depth is drawn full size along receding lines, usually a 45 degree angle.

In this composition an array of squares is generated. Within each square oblique cubes are drawn in pieces from back to front, in a random orientation, in random colors. All the cube faces are the same random color. A random number "coin flip" algorithm determines whether or not a diamond shape is drawn on the front face of the cube. All the diamond shapes on the cube faces are the same random color.

What makes this image interesting to me is the way the faces of contiguous cubes combine, and how the areas of the square that the cube does not cover (the black background) integrate into the piece and provide structure, producing a visual "whole greater than the sum of its parts."

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Oblique Cube Composition is a generative art “derivative” piece inspired by an OP Art painting by Victor Vasarely, called Homage a l`Hexagon. c.1968. While Vasarely passed before the advent of Computer Art, his works have always intellectually challenged me as a generative artist to derive an algorithm to produce similar aesthetic effects.

An oblique cube is a form of axonometric (parallel) projection where the front face is full size and shape (height and width), perpendicular to the viewer and the depth is drawn full size along receding lines, usually a 45 degree angle.

In this composition an array of squares is generated. Within each square oblique cubes are drawn in pieces from back to front, in a random orientation, in random colors. All the cube faces are the same random color. A random number "coin flip" algorithm determines whether or not a diamond shape is drawn on the front face of the cube. All the diamond shapes on the cube faces are the same random color.

What makes this image interesting to me is the way the faces of contiguous cubes combine, and how the areas of the square that the cube does not cover (the black background) integrate into the piece and provide structure, producing a visual "whole greater than the sum of its parts."

An oblique cube is a form of axonometric (parallel) projection where the front face is full size and shape (height and width), perpendicular to the viewer and the depth is drawn full size along receding lines, usually a 45 degree angle.

In this composition an array of squares is generated. Within each square oblique cubes are drawn in pieces from back to front, in a random orientation, in random colors. All the cube faces are the same random color. A random number "coin flip" algorithm determines whether or not a diamond shape is drawn on the front face of the cube. All the diamond shapes on the cube faces are the same random color.

What makes this image interesting to me is the way the faces of contiguous cubes combine, and how the areas of the square that the cube does not cover (the black background) integrate into the piece and provide structure, producing a visual "whole greater than the sum of its parts."