Computer art – Jared Tarbell’s otherworldly digital masterpieces 1

Jared Tarbell Peter De Jong January 2004

I’ve been curious about computer generated artwork but didn’t expect it to take my breath away. Until I found the work of Jared Tarbell. Jared, born in 1974 in Albequerque, New Mexico started using computers in 1987 and since then went on to get a BS in Computer Science from New Mexico State University. He sits on the board of the Austin Museum of Digital Art and co-founded the internet marketplace for handmade goods, Etsy.

Jared writes computer programs to generate the digital images and distributes the source code so others can modify and experiment with the algorithms. The images below show a sample of his stunning artwork, but Jared’s website includes applets that show mesmerizing images of the art work in transformation and I was slightly stunned as I watched the videos. These computer and human generated works are reminiscent of ocean currents or supernovas or minerals, infused with an organic natural beauty.

Jared Tarbell Peter De Jong January 2004

Jared Tarbell Peter De Jong January 2004

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Jared Tarbell Orbitals August 2004

Jared Tarbell Orbitals August 2004

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Jared Tarbell Henon Phase March 2004

Jared Tarbell Henon Phase March 2004

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Jared Tarbell Deep Lorenz May 2002

Jared Tarbell Deep Lorenz May 2002

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Jared Tarbell City Traveler January 2004

Jared Tarbell City Traveler January 2004

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Jared Tarbell Bubble Chamber November 2003

Jared Tarbell Bubble Chamber November 2003

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Jared Tarbell Substrate June 2003

Jared Tarbell Substrate June 2003

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Jared Tarbell Intersection Aggregate May 2004

Jared Tarbell Intersection Aggregate May 2004

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Jared Tarbell Node Garden August 2004

Jared Tarbell Node Garden August 2004

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Jared Tarbell Happy Place March 2004

Jared Tarbell Happy Place March 2004

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