Yury Coding Art - Chaotic Circles
The Culture Project - Artist Spotlight
This will be the first iteration of our Artist Spotlight. I may change or update the format as we do more of these. I hope this is just the start to one of many conversations we will have with talented artists around the NFT space. Please join us in The Culture Project discord & twitter where we can share & learn about generative art together.
What got your started in Generative Art?
In the middle of 2021, I scrolled my Instagram feed and stumbled upon some Axidraw videos. It caught my attention. Pen plotters are so satisfying to watch! I spent a good couple of days watching the videos and exploring the hashtags. After discovering the Axidraw movement, I continued exploring the hashtags and found out there's such a thing as "generative art."
What does Generative Art mean to you as a coder and artist?
It means a lot. I used to write code and create products for many years. But generative art is like "remove everything boring about the programming and just leave the fun stuff." No complicated debugging. No meetings. No logs digging. I can still create new things that never existed before (my favorite activity) but in a more fun and visual way. The code-reward feedback loop is also much shorter here. You don't have to develop for weeks and months to see smth that looks like a working prototype. In generative art, changing a single parameter can completely change the outcomes.
Are you a collector?
Much more a creator than a collector, but I mint gen. art sometimes (about once a month). I even became a member of GEN.ART community to access their beautiful drops. My latest mint was "Dencity" by Hevey (launched on FxHash). Very cool project!
Are there any generative artists that you take inspiration from?
Of course. Lionel Radisson, TARGZ, Julien Gachadoat, Andrew Strauss — I remember following these generative artists first when I just discovered the gen. art movement through Instagram hashtags. All of them do both pen plots and "JPEGs". Later, I found Tyler Hobbs, and his videos and blog posts really helped me understand many things about long-form generative art.
What do you do for a living?
For the last 10+ years, I've been bootstrapping various software products/web services. My latest project is a SaaS company. It's almost four years old now and doing pretty well.
How long have you been coding and creating generative art?
I've been coding/making products for 15 years, and I often did the visual design part by myself.
Where did you get the idea for Chaotic Circles / What is your process for starting a new project?
I spent quite some time researching how we, humans, appreciate art and what makes us like one image more than another. How does it work? What I learned from the existing research is that our brain likes things that are both familiar and new at the same time. I also knew that an art collection must have smth that ties all the pieces together. Then, the circular structure came to my mind. Circles are both very familiar to anyone, it's a perfectly symmetrical shape and a favorite shape for many people, but their simplicity also leaves space for a lot of variety.
How long have you been working on Chaotic Circles?
About six months. It could take less time, but 1) it's my first collection, and I had to learn a lot to release it; 2) I'm not a full-time artist (at least yet).
How many generative projects have you released?
Chaotic Circles is my first one.
Do you have ideas for the next Yuri Coding Art Project / Have you started working on the next project?
I have some ideas. I'll not share them (it's a secret for now), but the next project will likely be an animated one. The viewer will see the digital process of creating his piece step-by-step. I enjoy seeing pen plotters and real artists at work, and I'd like to share that feeling of excitement with people.
What are your thoughts on Platforms like FXHash and Art Blocks?
Great platforms for long-form generative art! Art Blocks is the #1 for Ethereum, and FxHash is #1 for Tezos. Both have many great projects there, and if you like gen. art — I highly recommend checking them out. I decided to go indie with a custom smart contract, though. There're a few reasons for that:
- On Art Blocks, it takes months to get curated;
- On FxHash and Tezos, the gen. art market feels a bit too small (although I'm closely watching it, and it's growing fast);
- Our mint process will have a "customize your piece" step where a collector can pick his favorite style & color palette (this is for those who don't like the usual "surprise egg" process).
Do you have any advice for upcoming Generative artists new to the scene?
If you don't know where to start, I highly recommend starting with some books on the topic, like "Generative Design" / "Code as creative medium" / etc. This is how you can learn the basics of creating images with code. I also suggest starting Twitter and Instagram pages and sharing your process regularly. Don't be shy to contact other artists — everyone I've met so far was friendly and supportive. I love this community!
Price: 0.09 Ξ OG 0.10 Ξ WL 0.12 Ξ Public
28th May, Saturday | Allowlist mint. The first day is for OG, WL, and Public Raffle Winners. Twenty-four hours to mint ahead of others with no gas wars and no rush.
29th May, Sunday | Waitlist mint. The second day is the day for Public Raffle participants who didn't win but made it to the Waitlist. First-come, first-serve as Waitlist size will be slightly larger than the number of spots left after Day 1.
30th May, Monday | Public mint. (If there're any spots left after the first two days). (edited)
I read somewhere that you know you’ve found great generative art when each piece seems unique, but you can also instantly tell which project it came from. I feel that rings true with Yury’s Chaotic Circles. Each piece feels unique an beautiful. We want to thank Yury for being our first Artist Spotlight, it really means a lot to us! Come to our discord if you’re a Brush Stroke holder in a chance to win some WL spots for Yury’s upcoming Chaotic Circles.