Less a drawing machine and more of a pathfinder, Tentacle’s smart algorithm has the ability to continually study the image under construction and guide a conditionally constrained contour to attempt abstracted gestural drawings. The adjustable controls driving this process are based on observations made by Tentacle’s creators and those made by renowned artists and art historians when creating and studying abstract compositions.


Tentacle expands upon conceptual ideas first introduced by Sol LeWitt in his scribble drawings by using a system that allows for varying combinations based on choices made for each iteration (within specified ranges). It is, therefore, that Tentacle is not limited to producing mathematically derived or mimetic images but also has the ability to truly approximate the aesthetic schema of automatic gestural abstractions.


Artists collaborating with Tentacle are able to make relatively simple adjustments to these controls, which provide a set of broad-based instructions, to generate an intricate spectrum of unique outcomes. Each set of instructions can, therefore, create a cohesive edition with varying images.

Excavation

Amir Hariri
May 13th, 2022

Exploring varied positive and negative strokes/space.

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Strokes

Amir Hariri
April 6th, 2022

Different Strokes – Activating the verticals and horizontals using varied strokes.

Graffiti Doodles

Amir Hariri
February 22nd, 2022

Using structured line and automatic contours, with varying tone and thickness, to make abstract graffiti-like doodles.

Delicate

Damon Holzborn
February 22nd, 2022

Toning down the extreme setting of the Textures edition, to get something quite the opposite.

Profiles

Amir Hariri
February 22nd, 2022

Experimenting with anatomical facial structure and features in profile.

Textures

Damon Holzborn
February 22nd, 2022

Abusing the settings with extreme values to generate textures and patterns.

Early Experiments

Damon Holzborn
February 2nd, 2022

These images were created during the development of Tentacle and represent earlier stages of the algorithm.