Gordon Monro - Ballarat
Gordon Monro describes himself as a generative artist he designs a process that then generates the artwork, either autonomously or in collaboration with a human. In Gordon's case, the generating system is a computer program and the artwork is made in a digital medium: digital prints and videos, or a display generated in real time by the computer. Gordon draws on his background in science and mathematics to make works that in large part draw their inspiration from realms outside the confines of purely human concerns. His primary sources are geometry and pure mathematics, the natural world as seen by modern science, and the new world of artificial intelligence and autonomous computing devices.
Gordon also draws on the history of Western abstract art, in particular constructivist art and minimalist art. In 2015 and 2016 Gordon’s efforts were focused on Nanocosm, the major project for his PhD in Fine Art at Monash University, Melbourne. Nanocosmis a self-contained miniature world, evolving according to its own laws. The work is simultaneously an exploration of the geometric possibilities of a multi-level hexagonal grid and of a biologically inspired “evolution” within the geometric constraints of the grid. The result is a crystalline world of life as we do not know it. Aspects of the world have been presented as digital prints, as videos, and as an installation where the world is shown as it is generated in real time.