“Black and Blue Ricochet Trio
Digital Print, 14" x 24", 2008.
These three side by side black and blue "ricochet
compositions" were generated by placing particles on each of the sides of
a 16-gon, assigning them starting angles, and then letting each move in a
straight line until it encounters an existing line segment at which point
it is reflected - the ricochet - and then paused so that the next particle
may take its turn. Further, if a particle ricochets off its own path, then
the area it has just enclosed is filled using the requisite black or blue
drawing color that particles were alternately assigned.
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics & Computer Science Department, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, USA
"Many of my computer generated algorithmic art works are
based on visualizations that are inspired by mathematcal models of
physical and biological processes. Examples include cell morphogenesis,
swarm behavior, diffusion limited aggregation, and interacting particles.
By experimenting with the parameters affecting the underlying algorithms
in the simulation environment and with the
various drawing attributes, I strive to focus the viewer's
attention on the complexity and intricacy underlying such