Design / Entertainment

Art of Play

Erik Natzke

Andy Warhol and the other Pop artists made their mark by using commercial art tools and techniques to create iconic works of the ’60s and ’70s. A generation later, Erik Natzke has set out to transform Flash, the media and interaction tool for creating Web site banner ads and intro pages, into a medium for fine art. Working on drawing engines, generative algorithms, and color studies — all in Flash — Natzke has fine-tuned his software in order to produce epic, 9-foot-wide prints of digital creations and swirling videos that take us through the creation process. Lines come in, dart through, and pierce the video window before settling into algorithmically predetermined resting spots. Art of Play shows an emerging artist at the top of his game.

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