Abstracting Classics 🌔 January 10 2014

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During the past few months, I've become increasingly interested in digital art. Glitch, visualizations, pixels... it's all very exciting, and I've wanted to dive in myself. I wasn't making anything I was happy with though. A week ago I saw "Nightpix" by BJ Heinley and was inspired to recreate more timeless works with code.

As I progressed, I found myself tweaking the level of abstraction so much, I decided to change the initial purpose of the experiment. Below are highly abstracted famous works of art. Clicking them will bring you closer and closer to the original. The experience is a bit like putting on glasses for the first time and realizing that before you couldn't see the leaves on the trees.

(TIP: don't rush it! the individual frames and process of discovery are the best part, not the final image. how many clicks does it take for you to guess the final image?)

This one is for my dad. Sorry if you can't guess it! (and here's an article on the painting and the artist.)

last but not least. One of my favorite artists, and my favorite result of the experiment. I think a few of the frames hit the same type of beauty Nightpix captured.

Here’s some more rad info on Magritte, courtesy of Artsy

I'm currently turning this into a game. If you want to collaborate, shoot me an email: hello@dvncan.com or hit me up on twitter @duncangraham