Nathan Selikoff understands the value of sharing his digital art, of providing ways for the audience to play and discover for themselves how to evoke their own expressions, which in turn creates great curiosity about the technology behind the art, how that art is created in its many, many incarnations. Nathan’s work has helped form the direction of Art & Algorithms.
Art and mathematics, the right brain and the left, are inextricably linked in this work. My art depends on mathematics, yet simultaneously illuminates and unravels its beauty. I am the explorer who uncovers something extraordinary, bringing into view that which was always there to be discovered.
Nathan Selikoff’s award-winning artwork has been exhibited in galleries and venues throughout the United States and around the world, including Art Basel in Switzerland; Bridges Conferences in Portugal, Hungary, Canada and the Netherlands; the Maitland Art Center in Florida; AXIOM Gallery in Boston; the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in California; and SIGGRAPH Art Galleries in various US cities. Recently, he has participated in contemporary site-specific projects around Orlando, Florida, installing sculptures made from recycled cardboard inspired by some of his digital works. He has also been collaborating with composers and musicians, creating and performing live projected visuals for new music concerts. In 2011 he had his first solo and two-person exhibitions in Central and South Florida. In 2008 Nathan participated in a three week residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, studying under master artist John F. Simon, Jr.
Nathan Selikoff was born in Atlanta in 1980. He received a B.F.A. in Computer Animation and a minor in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where he resides with his wife, Amy.
In October 2014, Nathan will be bringing “Beautiful Chaos”, an interactive piece that uses motion sensor technology to let the viewer get in on the artistic action.
ARTIST STATEMENT: – I love to experiment in the fuzzy overlap between art, mathematics, and programming. The computer is my canvas, and this is algorithmic artwork—a partnership mediated not by the brush or pencil but by the shared language of software. I create custom interactive programs to explore algorithms, and to extract and visualize the beauty that I glimpse beneath the surface of equations and systems. From there, I develop artwork in a variety of mediums, including installation, interactive sculpture, performance, and printmaking. Nathan also provides design and development services through his company, Digital Awakening Studios.
Hear Nathan’s simple explanation of an algorithm.