#211 Everything Will Change


Step 1:

“Everything Will Change”

The piece begins as a statement.

It could be a threat, or a wish, or a promise.

(Perhaps a bit of each)


I thought it would be amusing to include a piece of William Morris wallpaper here. Because it’s also a pattern which reflects on technology and change.


Step 2 :

Each letter is a keystroke

The name of the work (Everything Will Change) is used to generate an ASCII code sequence.

Meaning dissolves into logic.



Step 3 :

The ASCII code becomes binary.

A digital string of zeroes and ones. Every 8 bits represents a number.

The level of abstraction increases significantly.


Step 4 :

Binary code becomes a pattern of data.

The message is now completely unreadable to a human eye, even though a trace of order and pattern is still recognizable.


Step 5 :

At a scale larger than human form, the pattern becomes a landscape of data.

The data is carved into a huge piece of wood in the studio, using a CNC router.

I do get accused of letting machines make my art occasionally. I wish it were more true.

The systems I use are complex tools, which sometimes generate unexpected results, but unfortunately don’t think much.

I deliberately use machinery, because the process then becomes a real part of our present.



Step 6 :

I borrow a great composition technique from Mark Rothko here, grounding the data with large blocks of flat colour to each side.

The contrasting bands are deliberately aggressive.

The piece is a about facing a raw digital landscape after all.



Step 7 :

This canvas is a lot like a traditional landscape painting.

It has been done many times before, artists have painted the nature, weather, oceans and cities around them for generations.

This simply captures the modern landscape, saturated and defined by code and data.

Step 8 :

And the final photos of the piece, hanging in a really amazing London designer pad: