Aesthetic Preference – Space Age and Computer Art

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Every year my husband acquires a new limited edition tee shirt printed all over with computer generated art. They are very cool designs. It’s all about the swirling colors and shapes.

If you like repetition and geometry, you might enjoy this aesthetic preference. Sometimes the idea of Space (the final frontier) takes you to minimalism and simplicity. Mary Quant, Space: 1999 (1975), or 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). One feels like there’s a lot of white in these.

Space: 1999 – “Devil’s Planet”
Seems like a bit of art deco creeping its way in there.

Perhaps you prefer lot of dark and neon – the original Tron (1982), Mary Quant again.

Mary Quant designs

Computer generated art might be infinitely complex – Fractals. The first person to propose fractals in mathematics was Gottfried Liebniz in the 17th Century, but it takes computers to illustrate them as endless. So the diametrical opposite of minimal.

Mandelbrot Set

Yet sometimes absolutely simple.

Sierpinski Carpet

Part of the attraction is that these visual styles are not found in nature – or to the naked eye, in the case of space vistas. They require technology to mediate our access to them, technology to facilitate creation.

Image by Genty from Pixabay
Image by Yukimi Yokoyama from Pixabay