I Ching Intersections HM III , 2012, Mathematical Equations printed on canvas, 48" x 48"
Chromatic I Ching III, 2012, Chromatic System printed on canvas, 48" x 48"
I Ching Motions, 2012, Animations, expandable time
Art in the Future
I see art in the future to be concerned primarily with systems of equations and processes that can have variable and unlimited outcome. In such context, the art is no longer the print, as it is the file that created it. A museum incorporating such a piece of art in their collection, would acquire the set of instructions that created the output. Such a piece would in theory be able to be reissued as many times as needed to overcome aging, it's colors translated to the new technologies of the day, having a re-newed potential. For pieces that are systems, collectors could potentially choose the initial set of colors and have the artist apply the systems to their choices and create custom unique pieces of art where the observer is a co-creator in the piece. Each piece would be unique, representing each unique individual creating artistic signature variants.
In Intersections I show 3-D mathematically formulated hexagrams intersected with two new I Ching charts I made of single & overlapping dots. The Dots and their arrangement highlight art systems like those used by artists Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami.
In The Chromatic I Ching, I use pure color to expose the changing potential that each hexagram posses to change to each other, thus the name the Book of Changes. Through gradients of color each position transitions into the next. Thinner lines cross each other representing the 4096 possibilities of changes within the system. The final result is reminiscent of the color charts pioneered by Gerhard Richter.
In I Ching Motions I take the possibilities of the two pieces presented inhere and animate a journey through some of the directions that each system can take. The piece highlights the unlimited potential of art as a system of instructions.
Antonio Cortez is a multimedia artist known for developing Mathematical Formulations in the Service of Art, a series of renderings and prints that explores geometries from abstract mathematical functions and their intersection with art. Mr. Cortez is also working in conceptual installation art projects integrating photography, media arts and para-design.
The 3D Mathematical I Ching Chart was reviewed last year by SF Chronicle's Kenneth Baker who wrote: "In composing music and making or staging visual art, Cage frequently used the I Ching, the traditional Chinese divination system, as a means to give randomness to decisions. Several pieces here make explicit reference to it, notably a work by Antonio Cortez in both static and digital display. By adept use of design software, Cortez translated the 64 two-dimensional hexagrams of the I Ching into colorful 3-D models, referencing, as Cage typically did not, the hexagrams' metaphorical associations."