Vortex 2

Carter Hodgkin

Inspired by physics, I use the lines of colliding atomic particles to explore a new language of abstraction.

Fusing physics, digital technology, and painting, I create hyper-energetic, cascading compositions based on simulated atomic particle collisions. Amid an infinite void, thousands of vibrantly-hued dots explode and implode in a constant state of flux, conjuring fireworks, waterfalls, and volcanic mountains. An exploration of instability and uncertainty, my work alludes not only to the behavior of atomic particles, but to emotional states of tumult, tension, and unease.

To create my paintings, I manipulate computer code to generate animations of particle collisions. This manipulation becomes a drawing process where parameters are set and random moments of collision are captured. From these animations, I capture still images which become templates for the work. Layer upon layer of overlapping tiny dots and fragile lines are painstakingly hand-painted, coalescing into emergent iconic forms.

Animation - Irises on a Rock

Irises on a Rock from Carter Hodgkin on Vimeo.

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As an extension of my painting practice I create animations which draw inspiration from ephemeral phenomena in nature. Evidence of a Breath of Spring was inspired by the ephemeral process of flowering as well as the spatial relationships in the lines of bifucating stems and blossoms on wildflowers and weeds. In the Nine Bend Stream, I reference volcanoes and mountains, building into a dynamic manipulation of successive forms.

Through the infinitesimal realm of physics, I explore a relationship between algorithmic data and the pictorial. What emerges are paintings and animations which reflect a tension between technology and handcraft; the rigor of a scientific process and the emotional possibilities of abstraction.

Animation - Eighth View of Blue Vortex 

Eighth View of the Blue Vortex from Carter Hodgkin on Vimeo.

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Vortex 1, 44" x 44", gouache & watercolor on paper, 2012
Detail, Vortex 1, 2012
Vortex 2, 44" x 44", gouache & watercolor on paper, 2012
Vortex 4, 44" x 44", gouache & watercolor on paper, 2012
Vortex 5, 44" x 44", gouache & watercolor on paper, 2012

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