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How does logic make you feel?

How does logic make you feel? And what does it have to do with abstract art?


I’ve been using a linear, logical approach to generate graphical art and music. I think most artists and musicians work at it from the completely “opposite” end. They generate their work, it seems to me, through methods primarily tuned into their emotional states to evoke an emotional response from their audience. They are so in touch with their tools, be it a brush or a musical instrument, that it becomes an extension of their emotion. It's the critics who then look for the mechanics, techniques and so forth underlying their product. I wonder if approaching it from the other direction like I’m doing can evoke an emotional response? I know some of my generated tunes, evoke emotion, but that is not as “pure” as a generative art piece, because I use the old brain to filter out and supplement the generative melodies with brain produced harmonies that “sound right”. 


I think of many abstract artists who just kind of slop paint on their canvases to produce aesthetically pleasing works. Their brains make decisions based on what? Emotion? Are they thinking that this piece needs more crimson? Are they thinking at all? Are they relying totally on intuition when they create?


According to a article on art-mine.com:


"The most important thing to understand about abstract art is that it does NOT have to have a meaning, narrative or even a singular explanation.


The main purpose of abstraction is not to tell a story, but to encourage involvement and imagination. This art form is mostly about providing its viewers with an intangible and emotional experience – more often than not, the experience is completely different for every individual depending on their personality and state of mind."




Can generative art accomplish the same thing? I think (or maybe feel?) it can. Generative art still at its heart is not only the computer generating pieces. It’s an artist using the computer as a tool, just as an artist may use a paint brush or a bucket to pour and splash paint on a canvas.  The generative artist uses mathematical concepts like randomness, probabilities and geometry in concert with computer coding to produce work to provoke imagination. Is the how as important as the reaction? Does it ultimately matter what technique an artist may use to create her work? I guess that’s something else to contemplate…….

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