The protocol Modo n.°7

The Andradite project is based on one of my favorite wall painting protocols: the Modo n.°7. I use it to create not only generative wall paintings but also drawings (by hand, mechanical or digital), wood assemblages and sculptures. This very simple protocol (explained here) set to 8 points around a square, has an output of 9 different shapes.

The combination of these 9 basic shapes makes architectural compositions that tend to be brutalist. In 2020, I started building concrete generative sculptures following the Modo n.°7 protocol to be able to observe the interaction of the shapes in a 3D environment. These observations also gave birth to a series of drawings with water and concrete on paper. The compositions reminded me of a mix of construction and rocks, like troglodytic dwellings.

The digital series

The digital drawing series Andradite is a way to explore the interactive possibilities of the Modo n.°7 protocol. The script generates two layers of 6 shapes on a 2×3 grid (10 points around the square). The layers have a slight offset. Each non-vertical and non-horizontal edge is highlighted with a white line making cuts and giving a sense of depth to the two dimensional shapes.

The generated digital images display monolithic dark blocks with white edges that evoke the andradite stone — a very angular shiny mineral. I used color gradients in the background as a nod to the traditional way that minerals are photographed.

Black Andradite by Rob Lavinsky – CC-BY-SA-3.0
Pictures from internet search and Vugna’s Mineral Blog

222 iterations were made ready to be generated on May 25th 2021 at 9h00 pm and sold out on June 26th 2021 at 10h05 pm (Paris Time).

All the images are unique 1/1, only 222 iterations will ever be generated.

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Artworks sold under non commercial license: CC BY-NC 4.0