About this project
Robert D. Jansen’s twelfth (12th) folio of digital abstract images is called A Nightingale is singing in the raspberry bushes. (The synesthetic folio name, a line supposedly from a Russian poem, is quoted in The Black Marble, by Joseph Wambaugh).
Robert Dennis Jansen, Ph.D., trained as an experimental psychologist specializing in visual imagery. He has also worked as an experimental artist in sound and graphics since the 1970’s. His art work today uses a fractal process which simulates the iterative way that organic shapes in Nature coalesce out of chaos.
In Flame Fractal algorithmic art many irregular shapes (expressed as trigonometric functions) are integrated or “pushed” into one another. Random values are often employed; and when the artist is aesthetically satisfied with the preview image an ultra high definition (e.g. 7200 x 10800) final image is rendered on a large digital “canvas” (image plane) of millions of pixels using an iterative function system (IFS) that can take as much as 6000 CPU seconds at 10 million calculations per second. Color palettes are created and integrated into the rendered image by sampling random pixel hit frequency, which gives the two dimensional image an entangled 3D look. Finally, the digital solution is printed using various kinds of large format printers and media. Mathematically, the images produced are strange attractors generated by a chaotic process. When human aesthetic judgments enter the creative process it becomes algorithmic art.
The $300 campaign goal of Nightingale in the Raspberry Bushes is to support the continuing process of creating these works. (Goal is set to guarantee project success. Previous Jansen Kickstarter campaigns received as much as $14,651 in pledges.) Campaign duration is 30 days.
Rewards for backing Dr. Jansen’s project include downloading, via DropBox, the new high resolution (mostly 6750 x 4500) images in Folio #12, or choosing any of the eleven previous folios, 350+ images, from the earlier Kickstarter campaigns. There are over 16 GB of files, so backers can choose to have images preloaded on flash drives and mailed to them instead of downloading them from DrobBox. Unlimited printing is allowed for your own personal art gallery, or as gifts or (not sold) greeting cards, calendars, etc. There are also large canvas and vinyl prints available as rewards. See the rewards section for details.
More historical background and former backer comments appear in the Risks and challenges section below.
Here is a video slide show showing the new images of Nightingale in the Raspberry bushes: Folio #12
To view all the previous Jansen Kickstarter projects and all their images just put Robert Jansen into the Kickstarter search box, and all these former projects will pop up. Click on “campaign” to view original projects, including video slide shows of former folios.
Here are the YouTube slideshows for former folios.
Risks and challenges
Reviews and comments on 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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