This will be my 10th successful Kickstarter folio project. I create a Kickstarter project for every set or folio of 20 images that I create. Backers can download ultra high resolution digital copies of my images, and print them any way they want for personal use. Since 2012 there have been almost 800 backers who have pledged more than once. (You can choose images from any folio as rewards: to view the other nine folios just put Robert Jansen into the Kickstarter search box.)
My new folio is called “Bluedog”, and I have included the usual video slide show and scrollable individual photos of the folio. Project goal is $500 and the campaign duration is 45 days.
When you view the YouTube slideshow below, be sure to set the resolution to 1080 HD, and use full screen.
At the top of this column I have included a three minute video that roughly describes my algorithmic process. Briefly, my process involves generating values for specific geometric functions that I “mix” together on a digital image plane. There are 92 of these geometric function variables in Apophysis, the software I use, each with thousands of weightings, so the possible combinations are virtually unlimited. Most of my experiments involve trying different combinations of functions, and I can’t really say I have learned enough to begin theorizing about the chemistry of abstract art, if there is such a thing. We are still doing alchemy here, I think, though I have the tantalizing feeling that there might be some scientific way of categorizing abstract art that is more useful than merely designating them as being of a certain school or similar to some other artist. Stay tuned.
Personally, I find no working distinction whatever between math, science and art: elegance is beautiful and beauty is elegant. As Watson said to Crick, upon seeing the verified structure of DNA for the first time: “I knew it would be beautiful”.
I have stumbled on some combinations, perhaps strange attractors in this huge state space, that seem to generate more interesting or beautiful images when you randomize the weightings but I have not yet been able to find any lawfulness to the formation of such “beauty molecules”.
These days I often use a 4500 x 6750 image size but more and more I am using a 6000 x 6000 square canvas so that images can be rotated any which way for display. For many of these, each 90 degree turn makes it a surprisingly different image as do mirror reversals and color inversions.
I have found that these images look best printed on matte vinyl at least 36 inches on the shortest side. Printing on canvas looks good too, and Plexiglas or PETG, but it seems that only galleries and mansions have walls big enough to hang the very largest sizes made possible by the high resolution.
Smaller 8.5 x 11 inkjet prints on photo paper look fine if you are short of wall space, but to get the full impact of the high resolution I suggest cropping one hi res image into orthogonal multiple page sized prints (use a grid in Photoshop) and putting them into $5 Hobby Lobby little plastic frames and hanging them together. This gives you a framed, easy to move glass covered large multiplex display you can make on your own inkjet printer.
I originally designed my images for large format hard copy printing on canvas or vinyl or such. This had the fortunate side effect of making them perfect for 4k video display. I currently have a 31” 1080 TV which can play jpegs off a 64 GB thumb drive using the USB port slide show capability or the HTML port and a laptop or tablet. This “HD” monitor involves radically downsizing the images, e.g.10800x7200 to 1080x720, etc. I haven’t had a chance to view my work on a 4K monitor, most of them are still much larger even than that, but it should be much better.
One way to see the native resolution is to view the image in Photoshop at the “actual pixel” (100%) level rather than the “fit to screen” level. Of course only a little piece of the image will be visible on screen. You can do this in Windows photo viewer as well, using the full image setting.
There are now about 300 of my ultra hi res images extant, which would make a fantastic 4k slide show. It would be great to see them all backlit in their full resolution glory.
There was a digital frame project on Kickstarter recently called the Canviz project, which looked interesting. I like the concept but wish they would have gone to a larger screen with 4K resolution. I have also been approached by an inventor who has thin display screens that would work well if the cost could be made reasonable. Backlit images look best for my work, but price is the sticking problem with dedicated large digital frames.
Because I think photos work better for some mobile devices I am returning to my practice of presenting the images from my new folio here highly reduced 1% size (e.g. 700 x 462 for a 6750 x 4500 image) scrollable photos as well as in the YouTube video slideshow. Enjoy.
Risks and challenges
Reviews and comments on previous Kickstarter projects of Jansen Art (2012-2014)
Your pictures are truly amazing - I have viewed your sample images on youtube and the more I see the more impressed I am. Your work should be in museums … Fred Abboud
As a photographer (who also spent time with Ansel Adams), holographer, optical engineer & actuary, YOU are one of my heroes! Your greatest fan,
My name is David, i'm a video game/ film composer from Round Rock. Just saw your page on here and was blown away! incredible art. truly inspirational. They are so deep I can literally write music to them! :) Best of luck, David
Students at my school discovered your most recent Kickstarter and would like say that your work is not just beautiful, but inspiring to both the art and mathematics departments. We intend to support your project and ask that we might display your work in our school library as the inspiration of a school exhibition inspired by science and mathematics. …Just know that you have some BIG FANS at Hollis Brookline High School in Hollis, NH. Christine Heaton, Librarian & ETI at HBHS
These "paintings" look really fantastic. Something I've never seen before. Erik Seur, Architect , (Netherlands)
I admire your artwork. I think it is absolutely magical and inspiring. Congratulations on all your projects! Alina Turek
You do awesome work :) Love them! Cathy Franchett
Your artwork is fantastic. Koby Wong
I am one who loves the neon bright colors. The Bioluminous and Geisha Bowing just had me memorized (sic). I think they are both beautiful. I think as well as wall art they will make beautiful screen savers. Brenda Britton-Pitrowski
The Faces In Chaos are wonderful! I absolutely love them. I had no trouble downloading them either! Julsvern
Wow. They are HUGE. No problem downloading them in a zip file. Great work! What I appreciate most is that you are willing to give away the high resolutions images for practically nothing. Richard Nollman
I was poking around as I'm new to kickstarter and saw your amazing fractal art. I am really sad I missed the opportunity to back this project and was wondering if any of this art is still available to purchase? If not please let me just say thank you for the incredible art you are creating. Chris Wright
Just want to say, I really like what you are doing. Your art is, well, bitchin'... Christopher
Fantastic work as always. The big print I have one my wall is always a favorite when people come over. Chris Dunlap
Thank you for continually providing quality scientific art through kickstarter. I have tried to support every one of your projects and love the style.
It is funny but to me this is kind of modern art, which I usually do not like. But I find your work mesmerizing in a way and the story behind it is so interesting. I will definitely be having a place print this for me and will have it mounted and framed. Any suggestion on the best size etc.? Thanks again. I look forward to receiving it.
Just found your Kickstarter page and I am hooked! I would have pegged you for a former math or maybe biophysics professor. Such an interesting use of computer algorithms.
Love your work! My wife commented on it when I changed our screensaver that it was "nerdy art", but has taken a real liking to it. Chris Biro, Sydney, Australia
Awesome work, it makes a great case for art in science! DM
First of all beautiful art designs! I'm a Computer Science/Math undergraduate and am completely in awe from the beauty behind the algorithmic designs. Thank you for your time and your creations. Nick Kacena
I just wanted to let you know that I printed four Darkman prints and flat mounted them so that there was one for each of the small group of university friends I still stay in close contact with for gifts at this year's Christmas gathering. Everyone who have seen the finished products so far (printers, framers, people at my office) has been absolutely blown away and asking about you. I've been sending them all to the kickstart link so hopefully you've gotten a few more backers for the subsequent projects. The party is next weekend and I know my friends are going to be over the moon. Kate Land
Love you work. I've backed the past 3 kickstarters you've done and am backing the 4th. Looking forward to your continued work in the arts! Dan Schmidt
I loved your work! Everyone that comes to my place, always ask what they are, how they were done. I try to explain, but some people have a hard time figuring it out how it works, do you happen to know any videos that explain it in a more no mathematical way? Thanks again, Joao Furlan
I had no problems on my end and have successfully downloaded all of the items in this beautiful portfolio. These pieces are fascinating and of fantastic quality, so expect my support in the future of your work. Best regards, Ty McCain
I wanted to share with you that you are an amazing artist! I am a full-time Fine Art major specializing in 3D Modeling and Animation, in San Antonio Tx. I was not able to make a financial donation at this time, even though I badly wanted too. I would however love to see your art in person. Are you planning on having an installment with the money you raised from kick starter?? Please let me know I would drive to see it. Best Regards,
I know the "Put a War Bird on Your Wall" project is quite old by now, but i have only just discovered it! I am truly amazed by these "Strange Attractors", and when i saw the "Nightmare", then it was love at first sight. Is there any way i can buy this of you digitally still? I would really love to. Kind regards, Kennet Bonnicksen
Just wanted to say that I love your work! I am an artist (realist, abstract painter, digitial artist, and 3d modeler and render, Photoshop expert -- kinda...getting there. As I said, I absolutely love your work and will donate $25 for your current set of images (maybe I will do more, money is pretty tight, before the end of your project). I am surprised that for $25, you are willing to provide all the image files in the current project portfolio. Your work is amazing. I did some work with Fractals a while back but this is much more exciting than tradition fractal images and image creating programs I have used in the past. Really incredible stuff. I have noticed that you are not apparently in this for big bucks, even though it appears to me that you could charge a lot of money for your work. I assume that like me, the biggest thing is being able to share your work with the masses. Or have you had big shows and received a lot of money in another venue that I do not know about? It does not seem so, because you say that any money you receive goes back into research and exploration. Why do you choose not to go after fame and fortune? When I saw your work I was immediately attracted to it not only for its elegance and complexity, but by its size. Rich Nollman
Thank you for sharing your brilliant beautiful work and making it accessible so many can enjoy. I myself am an artist (dancer) and realize the difficulty and dedication of the craft. I am so happy you have been successful in sharing your work on Kickstarter! Ashley MeederLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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